Real Pigeons Fight Crime – Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood

Real Pigeons Fight Crime (Real Pigeons #1)

Published by Hardie Grant Egmont in July 2018

By Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood

Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weird? It’s because they’re out there chasing the bad guys and saving your butts!

Did you know your city is protected by a secret squad of crime-fighting pigeons? It’s true!

With master of disguise Rock Pigeon, bendy Tumbler, strong Frillback and super-finder Homey, the REAL PIGEONS will solve any mystery and fight any bad guy to keep the city safe!

The Real Pigeons series is a hilariously silly and highly visual introduction to the joys of reading and crime-fighting for readers 6+.

In Real Pigeons Fight Crime, Rock and his mystery-solving friends will tackle their first caseload:

Why have all the breadcrumbs disappeared?

Who on earth is kidnapping bats?

And can the pigeons avert a dinner disaster??

Ben Wood

Ben Wood is a children’s illustrator. Best known for bringing famed Squishy Taylor to life, Ben creates engaging illustrations that resonate with readers young and old. Ben has really let loose in Andrew McDonald’s REAL PIGEONS series, and has woven illustrations throughout the story in a really fun way.

He has illustrated over 25 books, with several titles being a CBCA Notable in 2016 and 2017. When not in the studio, Ben runs presentations and workshops in schools across Australia. Visit his website. 

Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald is the author of two children’s novels: The Greatest Blogger in the World and Son of Death. Andrew lives in Melbourne with a lovely lady, some cacti and a complete collection of Tintin comics.


“Fast-paced and inventive, this is a fun and silly book, perfect for the early primary school reader”

Thuy On, The Big Issue

“A perfect match of hilarious storytelling and fabulous illustrations that kids will love.”

Sally Rippin

“Not only did we cackle and giggle while reading this book, we also slept MUCH SAFER knowing that there were REAL PIGEONS out there fighting crime!”

Peter Helliar