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Take a trip through the zoo with this irrepressible pigeon as it preens and poses alongside all the animals, right up to the sharp teeth of a grumpy lion. A cheeky, layered story full of deadpan humor and a fresh illustrative style....

Title : How to Be Famous
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ISBN : 9781776570294
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 36 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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How to Be Famous Reviews

  • Zach
    2019-02-23 09:55

    This book is an interesting take on telling two different stories through two entirely different mediums. The text of the book is all about the tale of a pigeon Who is talking about how famous it is. However, the illustrations tell an entirely different tale of a pigeon who gets on the nerve of all the animals in a zoo. Additionally, the pigeon is entirely selfish and self-obsessed, leading to eventually being eaten by a lion. The illustrations in this book are wonderful and well done. Indeed, I love the juxtaposition of the two stories. However, I feel as though this might be a tad too subtle for the average young elementary school student to understand. Additionally, even if I was proven wrong, and students did understand, the particularly morbid ending really hurts my desire to read this to younger students. However, I think there could be an extremely valuable lesson to teach to older students with this book. Overall, the illustrations are outstanding and worth at least a cursory glance.

  • Barbara
    2019-03-24 08:56

    In this picture book published in New Zealand and created by an Israeli author/illustrator, a clueless pigeon relates the importance of her feathery ancestor before laying her own claim to fame as a model. As it turns out, she lives in a zoo whose animals attract a lot of attention. Young readers will be amused at how she thinks she's famous and the object of all that attention when actually she is just an afterthought and many consider her a bit of a nuisance. The discrepancy between her perception and theirs is particularly clear in the illustrations in which she leaves her autograph--bird poop--on someone's shoulder and in which her flying overhead causes youngsters to drop an ice cream cone and flail their arms in the air. By the time she walks off into the sunset--straight into a lion's mouth--it is clear just how deluded she is. Readers will be highly entertained by her storytelling, her inflated sense of self, and her lack of awareness even on the book's final pages. Boy! Is she ever in for a surprise!

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-24 03:48

    Read it yourself first. Compare it to Aesop's fables to understand that it's ok that Emily gets her comeuppance (and to (view spoiler)[Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother, who survives her journey into the Wolf's stomach after being sliced out by the Woodcutter (hide spoiler)]).I think Shalev is brave and brilliant and I wish I knew a 4-5 yo child with whom to share this. I'd like to read more by her.Note: My edition has no jacket text, no illustrations on endpapers.

  • Courtney Huskisson
    2019-02-28 12:04

    This is exactly how I would suspect a pigeon sees the world. With dozens of animals in the zoo, of course people come to appreciate the pigeons ;). Cute. I also liked how the end papers reflected the narcissistic pigeon.

  • The Book Girl (Andrea)
    2019-03-22 03:50

    This wasn't a bad picture book. It didn't hold little one's attention for very long, though. I enjoyed the story line about a confused bird who believes he is a famous person. He believes it is his mission to tell us ( the readers) how to be famous. The humor in this book took some explaining, but overall I believe children would like it.Young readers will be every entertained by her storytelling. She has a very elevated sense of self-worth and her lack of awareness and caution. The ending is a bit, different. For sensitive children, I would not recommend this book. For kids that are okay with the death of an animal, I would say go for it.Ultimately though it left the little one more confused than amused.Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for this review by Gecko Press. All thoughts and such are my own.

  • Ms Threlkeld
    2019-03-03 08:46

    Quirky story and illustrations. The ending felt incomplete. Could be used to talk with students about POV.

  • Bookrapt
    2019-02-26 09:49

    A cheeky pigeon is a famous model and tells the story of how hard it is to keep up the work of being a top model and perfect.I come from a famous familyI myself am particularly famous.You might think you could be famous too. But I tell you –It’s not easy being perfect like me!This conceited pigeon is a show off and is oblivious to what the other animals and visitors to the zoo think of the pigeon. Children will identify with some of the antics the pigeon gets up to, such as leaving messy deposits and eating scraps at the picnic table, but all does not end well.Most readers will find the ending funny and deserved, and even sensitive children who find it a bit sad could think about what might happen after the story has finished. Perhaps the lion had a tickly throat and coughed?The short, humorous sentences make it an easy read and the illustrations are fun and expressive. Look out for the alligator.This story could lead to a lot of interesting discussions for all readers about feelings, bragging, and showing off.Reviewed by Judy Sail (Bookrapt)

  • Nancy Kotkin
    2019-03-14 04:04

    I really wish picture book creators would stop ending the stories with the sentient protagonist being eaten. This is the third one I've read this month alone. It is a tacky and over-used gimmick that really isn't funny. There are so many more creative ways this book could have ended.Oddly, the book is missing jacket flap copy on both front and back. Endpapers are also blank, which is unusual for a picture book.

  • Garren
    2019-02-21 06:54

    Tongue in beak.

  • Rani
    2019-03-12 05:07

    #famous #pigeon #clueless #childrensbook. A clueless bird walks into the biggest #trap of all times!

  • Karen Szymusiak
    2019-03-24 10:59

    I liked this story of a confused bird who thinks he is famous and sets out to tell readers how to be famous. The humor in the story takes some inferring but I think kids will love it.

  • Janie
    2019-03-10 07:58

    Love the subtle humor that will make young readers will howl with laughter.

  • PWRL
    2019-03-18 07:56


  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-03-13 10:08

    A narcissistic pigeon behaving and thinking like too many people I know. An apt story for these times of "selfies" and self-obsession.

  • Kimberly
    2019-03-16 09:03

    Misadventures of a narcissistic pigeon.