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Percy is a little pigeon, and he's very hungry. Life on the streets is tough, and every time he tries to get hold of a scrap of food, bigger, beefier birds bat him away. He's about to give up when someone offers him her very last chip.
A moving and uplifting story about struggle against adversity and the kindness of strangers.

10% of the profits from the sale of the book go to The Trussell Trust, supporting a network of 435 foodbanks across the UK.

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5th February '18
I read it to Siennasmith123 aged 2 aged 2
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5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this book to my 2 year old, the illustrations are really good and the storyline was enjoyable!! My daughters fabourite bit was when the last page and them becoming friends 
22nd January '18
I read it to EricPeter aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
We received this book today, and my four year old was very excited to read it. He loved the cover, and the pictures of chips on the inside of the cover! I thought the illustrations were beautiful, which is really important for me, as a parent, when sharing the book with my child. The different settings were very nicely pictured, and added to our enjoyment of the story. 

The story itself was just about the right level for a three/four year old, and he was able to empathise with the main character and worried about what was going to happen to him. The ending was heartwarming, but also still a little bit sad (as it should be, as homelessness is an ever-increasing problem), and again, it was pitched at the right level for us to be able to have a discussion about homeless people, and the people we see on the streets of Exeter. 

I thought this was a thought-provoking book to share with my child, and will also save this one to use when teaching primary children - it puts a contemporary problem into a context that children can understand. 
6th February '18
I read it to Ivy aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
A heartwarming story with beautiful illustrations. My daughter loved the story and it gave us a chance to talk after about other people less fortunate who go hungry. My daughter liked the happy ending. 
20th February '18
I read it to Preschool Green Group aged 2 to 5
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5 stars
After reading The Bear Who Stared and The Lumberjack's Beard last year I was already a big fan of Duncan Beedle's stories.  The Last Chip did not disappoint!  I really enjoyed reading this book aloud - the text is simple, but elegant, playful and onomatopoeic. I enjoyed the different accents of the mean birds Percy meets on his travels. The illustrations, with their clear shapes and limited colour palette, are instantly recognisable and have a modern feel, but they are bold enough that they are really engaging when the book is read aloud to a large group of children. 

In the story, Percy the pigeon searches for food - his hunger dominates his days.  He thinks hard about where he might be able to find food - outside the railway station as the commuters go past, in the park or at the seaside, but another hungry bird always gets there first and they don't want to share with him. Finally, Percy is starving and he resigns himself to another hungry night on the street. That's when a he makes friends with a homeless girl who shares her last chip with him and keeps him warm for the night. 

What I most liked about the book was that it introduced important social themes without being moralistic or talking down to the children reading. For my class, it could be used as a way to start a conversation about food poverty, or it could simply be enjoyed as a story about a hungry pigeon who eventually finds a friend. It's also great to be able to enjoy such a lovely book and know that it is supporting a good cause. 
22nd January '18
I read it to Ewbomb aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is a lovely heartwarming story about a little pigeon called Percy who hasn’t got any food and is so hungry that he is at the point of exhaustion. That is until a homeless person gives him their last chip and this forms an unlikely friendship between the two of them. My son really enjoyed both the story and the illustrations and it was the perfect way to explain to him the issues that face some people and that they don’t always have a home or regular access to food but in a way that was perfectly pitched to a 4 year old. It is a really lovely book and I will certainly recommend it to others.
22nd January '18
I read it to RC13 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Such a lovely book. My daughter was focused right from the start. It follows the trials of a little hungry pigeon trying to find a meal, meeting some unfriendly birds along the way. I really liked that it gave us a starting point to start talking about homelessness.
31st January '18
I read it to Lil aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This is such a lovely story which has a kind ending. The ending is all about giving to others especially if they might be in more need than you. 
I thought the story was cute and the little bird character was sweet. It was a little sad to read that the bird wasn't getting any food and so im glad it had a nice ending. 
26th January '18
I read it to FreyasBooks aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
Such a lovely book that had my 4 year old completely engaged. The story is about a little pigeon that is very hungry and the only one to share with him is a homeless person who has so little themselves. The book and detail of the illustrations are on point and I would recommend it to everyone with a little one. 
26th January '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Aby aged 8 aged 8
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5 stars
A heartwarming story about battling hunger . There is a pigeon called Percy looking for some food all day and when he is about to give up someone who is also homeless offers him her very last chip. .
It's a wonderfully illustrated story and you you can feel the childhood hunger and food insecurity in every pages. It's a fantastic book to talk about poverty and homelessness to our children and the important of sharing and helping others. 
11th February '18
I read it to Ellie14 aged 3 aged 3 & to Rooroo aged 1 aged 1
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5 stars
This was a lovely story which you couldn't help but fall in love with the little pigeon. The illustrations are very good and my grandchildren loved this and pointed to various parts of the pictures. 
19th July '18
I read it to fifebookboy aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a lovely book about struggling when hungry and being kind. Percy the pigeon is starving and looks everywhere for food, but other birds always seem to get there before him. Eventually he finds something to eat where he was least expecting it. The illustrations in this book are lovely and 10% of the profits go towards food banks. We know of many pigeons and seagulls that like to steal food so it was interesting to read about them from the other side, maybe they really are hungry rather than being pests!
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About Duncan Beedie

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Duncan Beedie is an illustrator and author whose debut picture book The Bear Who Stared was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017. His other books include The Lumberjack’s Bea...

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