Our picture book pick this month has to be The Last Chip created by Duncan Beedie and published by Templar Books.
About the story
In the story we follow Percy, an extremely hungry little pigeon as he flies from place to place desperately trying to find something to eat. Unfortunately Percy, is always beaten to the food by the bigger, tougher, meaner birds - a gang of greedy pigeons, a bunch of rather posh looking ducks and a giant pirate seagull! By the time night comes Percy is so weak with hunger, he is unable to fly anymore and plummets to the ground. He thinks he is in for another hungry night until a gentle gesture from a kind stranger leaves him feeling full again.
This moving tale shows the incredible impact one simple act of kindness can make and it highlights the adversity some people face in their day to day lives in a way that is accessible to very young children. The brilliant illustrations add a touch of humour to vulnerable little Percy's plight without taking anything away from the importance of the story's message. It has been a great conversation starter about homelessness, hunger and poverty in our house.
We also love that 10% of the profits from the sale of this book go to The Trussell Trust, supporting a network of 425 food banks across the UK, which provide emergency food to people in crisis in our own communities.
About the author
Duncan Beedie is quickly becoming one of our favourite author/ illustrators as The Last Chip is not his first book to tackle big issues concerning the world around us. The Lumberjack's Beard is another fantastic story with an incredibly important message about the environment and the impact of deforestation on wildlife. We can't wait to see what other picture book gems Duncan has up his sleeve!
We were lucky enough to win a review copy of this book through Toppsta. Toppsta is a fabulous website where you can sign up and enter giveaways to win new books in exchange for reviews. All opinions are as always our own. This post contains affiliate links, you can find out more about what this means here.
I can understand why you chose The Last Chip as your picture book of the month. We absolutely love it too :o)ReplyDelete
I love the story for this book, my guests here would love it #TriedTestedReplyDelete
I really want this for my girls. And what a great thing with the profits of the book, an added bonus! #readwithmeReplyDelete
Oh wow, this sounds like a wonderful book. I do love children's book where there is a real message behind them but it's not too obvious. I love the illustration style too #triedtestedReplyDelete
I love how this book can start some important conversations. Thanks for linking up with #TriedTestedReplyDelete
This sounds like a quirky story with a very important message too. Love that it's about a pigeon and a chip, not quite the natural beauty of most animal stories - definitely more of an urban edge to it!ReplyDelete
It's great that a percentage of the profits goes to support food banks.
How great that a picture book is tackling such a big issue in a way little ones could understand! #kcacolsReplyDelete
I love the sound of this book and how it teaches kids about all these issues around poverty. #KCACOLSReplyDelete
Not heard of this but cute pictures! #KALCOLSReplyDelete
I love tales like this that teach young kids about kindness and compassion.ReplyDelete
What a lovely touching story and such an important message. I really love children's books that can teach them something as well as entertain them. Getting them thinking about things is a great outcome. #KCACOLSReplyDelete
Ooh this book sound lovely! What a wonderful way to talk about big issues with our little ones. And raising money for a fantastic charity too. #readwithmeReplyDelete
Looks like a great book. I’ll have to check this out. #KCACOLSReplyDelete
Great that profits go to a charity. I'm always on the look out for new books for Minime. #KCACOLSReplyDelete
Sounds like a fab book! We love reading in this house #KCACOLSReplyDelete
oh i might have to check this out as we've had question about homelessness after walking through town recently. great share :) #KCACOLSReplyDelete
How poignant and lovely - love a book with a good message whether for adults or children or both actually #ReadWithMeReplyDelete
Aww this book sounds so compassionate and such a lovely story. I’d love to read it. Will defo checkout and hopefully sign up to Toppsta too.ReplyDelete
I’ve been on the website and registered! I’d love to review some books for them ☺️ This sounds like a super cute book. I love anything with a message #KCACOLSReplyDelete
I am always on the look out for book recommendations. This is a good one - thank you. Pen x #KCACOLSReplyDelete
this sounds like a really great kids book. #KCACOLSReplyDelete
sounds like a great message and a great cause. I'll keep an eye out for it #KCACOLSReplyDelete
Awesome, there aren't a lot of books about pigeons. This looks lovely. #kcacolsReplyDelete
Great looking and sounding book. The accessability for younger children is good so a thumbs up here:)ReplyDelete
We love this book! I think we've read it every day this week. I love how Duncan Beedie highlights such important issues in a gentle way #KCACOLSReplyDelete