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The Last Chip by Duncan Beedie

The Last Chip The Story of a Very Hungry Pigeon is the story of Percy the pigeon’s quest to find food. Percy’s story highlights the desperate situation of somebody who is extremely hungry and also introduces children to the concept of homelessness and living on the streets.

The Story: Percy is always hungry but his attempts to find food at the train station are thwarted by a large gang of pigeons. He flies further and further away to try and find food but is still unsuccessful. Despite his hunger brave Percy manages to fly back to the city but will he ever find something to eat?

Percy really is down and out and, towards the end of the story, he is incredibly weak with hunger. His trips to the station, the park and the beach to find food are thwarted by other equally hungry, very dominant birds and we sympathise with Percy’s plight every time they bully him. The introduction of a kind, homeless, also hungry, stranger brings welcome relief and leads to a heartwarming, feelgood final spread.

The illustration of sad, hungry Percy on the cover evoked sympathy before we even opened the book and the story of his attempts to find food kept us turning the pages, we were rooting for Percy as we read and were so relieved that his story ends happily. We love the muted colours of Duncan Beedie’s gorgeous illustrations and, in contrast to Percy’s plight, they add humour to the story. The name of the fish and chip shop made me laugh and my daughter thinks the seagull looks great although she was horrified by the way that he treated poor Percy.

The Last Chip would be a great book to use in an Early Years / Key Stage One classroom to stimulate discussions on a variety of themes. It’s impressive how Duncan has managed to include the themes of homelessness, hunger, bullying, kindness and friendship all in one story.

When you buy The Last Chip you will also be giving a donation to charity as ‘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.’

Age Range: 3 +

Author / Illustrator: Duncan Beedie

Thank you to Templar Books for sending The Last Chip. We’re huge fans of Duncan’s work.


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10 responses to “The Last Chip by Duncan Beedie”


  1. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz... avatar

    This looks like a lovely book. It is fab that picture books can have such a varied angle to consider different social and personal whilst still appealing to children. #triedtested


    1. Catherine avatar

      I think it’s amazing how Duncan has included so many important social issues in an entertaining story 🙂


  2. Kate Fever avatar

    Oh I do love the topics this book encompasses, some great learning tools there! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      There is a lot of learning but it’s also a very enjoyable story too 🙂


  3. Jenni avatar

    Oh this sounds like a lovely book, and what a wonderful message to have too. I love the illustration style on the cover. #triedtested


    1. Catherine avatar

      Duncan’s illustrations are beautiful, I love the muted colours that he uses in his books 🙂


  4. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! This sounds like a very sad story but a great way to get children talking about important issues x


    1. Catherine avatar

      It does tug at the heartstrings but Percy does get a happy ending 🙂


  5. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    I like the sound of this, it would be a popular one with the children staying here and as you say a great way to introduce a number of topics of conversation with young children. #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a picture book that will appeal to a wide age range. Younger children will enjoy the story and older children will be able to explore the range of issues that Percy’s story raises.

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