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Gary : 2017 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year : Early Childhood Honours - Leila Rudge


2017 Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year : Early Childhood Honours

Paperback Published: 1st November 2017
ISBN: 9781921977008
Number Of Pages: 32
For Ages: 3+ years old

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Any bird can find adventure. Even Gary. Now in paperback!

Gary the pigeon can't fly. When his racing pigeon friends head off in their travel basket, Gary stays at home. He organises his scrapbook of travel mementos and dreams about the adventures the other pigeons are having. But when Gary accidentally ends up a very long way from home, he discovers that flying is not the only way to have adventures. A story for birds who dare to dream.

About the Author

Leila Rudge was born in England. She moved to Australia after completing an Illustration Degree at Bath Spa University. Creating tiny characters for books is her favourite part of illustrating. In 2012, her book No Bears (written by Meg McKinlay) was short-listed for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year award in both the Picture Book and Early Childhood categories. Ted, her first picture book as both author and illustrator, was a CBCA Notable Book.

Industry Reviews

Gary has a quiet, wry humour that really shines in Rudge's depiction of the birds... Perfect for children aged two to five, this little pigeon can encourage children to look beyond limitations and embrace their differences. -- Books+Publishing * Books+Publishing *
The full sized illustrations are clear and colourful, and the author's use of collage adds a fun dimension to this book. -- Bookrapt * Bookrapt *
How he uses his scrapbook to find his way home again is a delightful, plausible story for young readers of about 3-6 years. -- Janet Croft Reviews * Janet Croft Reviews *
A fabulous picture book for sheer at-home enjoyment, but a priceless resource for teachers and librarians, as they bridge the gap between the 'abled' and 'disabled' parts of children's inner and outer worlds, and help harness the unlimited wonder of honing the imagination. -- Kids' Book Review * Kids' Book Review *
The illustrations in this book were beautiful, and the muted tones really suited the story. This book is perfect for young children and I have found myself reaching for it on more than one occasion. -- Creative Kids Tales * Creative Kids Tales *
This will be one of those books in the library where children will cluster around to hear it read out loud, thinking about how Gary can possibly get home, or dreaming of their own big adventure. -- Read Plus * Read Plus *
Gary, with his scrapbook and ingenuity of travel, will be much loved. Highly recommended for all, especially lovers of maps, birds, and travel. -- Reading Time * Reading Time *
A delightful fun picture storybook with lovely illustrations. -- Collins Chirnside Book Chat * Collins Chirnside Book Chat *
I loved the whole package; adored gorgeous, clever Gary, and admired his innovative ideas. -- Buzzwords * Buzzwords *
Early readers and adults will be charmed by Gary -- 4MBS Radio * 4MBS Radio *
This convivial and gentle story about differences is a needed addition to collections about challenging the norm or upending physical expectations. Starred review -- Kirkus Reviews * Kirkus Reviews *
This book is such a great story to use for teaching children about difference and thinking outside the standards of the 'social norm'. -- Read Plus * Read Plus *
This is a gorgeous little story about not fitting in, about going on unplanned adventures, and about perseverance and determination. -- 100% Rock Magazine * 100% Rock Magazine *
A lovely picture book that's wonderful to read to young children. -- Read3r'z Re-Vu * Read3r'z Re-Vu *
The artwork is a delight to look at. * The Adventures of a Sacakat *

My child LOVES this book


I bought this book as a Christmas present for my 21 month old son. In a previous review I said that he enjoyed it, but not as much as Goodnight Goodnight Construction site. However, I think I got that wrong. Gary is our 'go to' book now. It has beautiful illustrations and a sweet story. Highly recommend.

South West Victoria, Australia


A lovely story


I bought this as a Christmas present for my 21 month old son. It has a nice story and lovely illustrations, but it hasn't caught his attention quite as much as 'Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site'. I am sure he will enjoy it as he gets older.

South west Victoria, Australia.


Charming tale.


I bought six childrens' books from Booktopia, 3 for each grandson for Christmas. This was one of those. I read it and was charmed by the story of intrepid little pigeon, Gary. He is unable to fly but using lateral thinking he travelled far and wide anyway and thus this charming story.

Sydney, Australia.



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ISBN: 9781921977008
ISBN-10: 1921977000
Audience: Children
For Ages: 3+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 32
Published: 1st November 2017
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 27.1 x 23.0  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 0.19