Leyton author publishes debut children’s book

Jester Arrow takes inspiration from the humble pigeon for his illustrated work

Jester Arrow with his sons and his book
Jester Arrow with his sons and his book

Leyton-based writer and musician Jester Arrow is releasing his debut children’s picture book, Perky the Pigeon.

The story focuses on Perky’s big dreams of becoming a rock star, but highlights how difficult it can be to find your place in the world. Perky loves to sing and often tries to join in with human musicians, only for her plans to go awry in several humorous scenarios

After feeling uncertain, she very nearly gives up, but perseveres thanks to the encouragement of her best friend Speckle. Perky then finds Hailey the Human, who accepts her despite her being a very different musical partner.

Perky the Pigeon seeks to reinforce inclusivity, perseverance and teamwork, as well as the joys of connecting with nature and music. Jester was inspired to write the book due to his sons’ love of pigeons, combined with his own musical journey.

He said: “Both nature and music are fantastic forms of therapy, especially when it comes to children. All forms of nature deserve appreciation, and pigeons are a somewhat maligned species, despite their great resilience and adaptability.

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“As the favourite animal of my sons, Benni and Theo, pigeons are much easier to engage with than the classic children’s favourites. You don’t have to visit a zoo or safari park to see them. They’re just on your doorstep, which makes them accessible to all.”

Jester’s other passion in life is music and he believes it can sometimes be neglected in education, with its exclusion being detrimental to children and society. He concludes: “I hope that my Perky the Pigeon book will inspire children to experiment with music, but also deliver the underlying message that if you persevere you can achieve your dreams, despite the obstacles.”

Perky the Pigeon is published by Candy Jar Books and is available to buy online:

Jester Arrow is available for readings and book presentations:
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