Exquisite watercolors provide a visual feast in this tale of a valorous pigeon. Providing a pigeon's-eye view of London while tracing Percy's daily flight through the city, Simmons (Alice and Greta, 1997) recounts intriguing historical backgrounds on London's major sights. The narrative initially lags due to the somewhat pedagogic tone However, the pace picks up as the feathered hero embarks upon his adventure. A wry sense of humor is revealed in the text as Percy frantically attempts to attract the attention of some humans in order to rescue two boys stranded on a small island in the Serpentine. Particularly amusing is the harried bird's attempts to crack the notoriously unflappable demeanor of a palace guard. Ultimately, Percy, with the assistance of a human friend, Matilda, brings about the rescue, earning acclaim and a regal roost in the palace gardens. Howard's rich watercolors infuse the tale with drama and recreate the beauty of London.