The Tap-Dancing Pigeon of Covent Garden - Children’s Book Review


I instantly liked the title of this children’s book by Serena Hassan. As a child many hours were spent chasing and feeding pigeons in London. My great uncle Sonny was well known in Trafalgar Square as ‘the Pigeon Man’. His funeral even got a mention in the Sun newspaper back in the 80’s. He was a well known, eccentric character who would feed the pigeons and have his photo taken with tourists. 

So, of course I was instantly interested in reading this book to my grandkids. 




This beautifully illustrated new picture book is about a pigeon who is wandering the world in search of his passion and a place to call home, based on the author’s observations in London.

Set during a present-day British summer, Pigeon has just flown the nest and must find his way in the world. After two warm and safe months with his family in a beautiful big oak tree overlooking the Thames, he flies into the city and lands in Covent Garden amongst the soot, hair and dirt, the stamping of feet, and the broom broom drone of the road sweepers. Amidst the chaos of Covent Garden, Pigeon falls in love with an opera singer’s voice and decides to build a nest in the Royal Ballet School leading him to discover his passion for tap-dancing! Everything seems wonderful in his life, until suddenly he gets swept up by a terrifying wind that spins him round and round. When he is eventually thrown out onto the roof, he finds his legs tangled in plastic. Panic sets in. He cannot walk, so how will he tap-dance?





Motherhood is a huge source of inspiration for Serena’s debut novel. As a children’s author, she inhabits the imagination of a child, and practises this everyday by taking part in her kids’ activities (even if that means going to the supermarket in a fairy costume). 

Here at The Syders we absolutely love this book. Big thumbs up from us. The Tap Dancing Pigeon of Covent Garden by Serena Hassan is out on 5th September 2019. Grab yourself a lovely book to read to the kids.





The Tap-Dancing Pigeon of Covent Garden - Children’s Book Review The Tap-Dancing Pigeon of Covent Garden - Children’s Book Review Reviewed by Emma@christmascupboard on Thursday, August 01, 2019 Rating: 5

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