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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.

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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 *
A gorgeous picture book for early childhood aged students up to middle primary. This is a story of bravery and of great adventures....and scrapbooks! * Children's Books Daily *
Leila Rudge's watercolour illustrations are fresh and lively. * Magpies Magazine *

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