In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he’s told there’s something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he’s finally gone a bit mad. But the animals have something to say…
The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kester’s help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an over-enthusiastic wolf-cub, a spoilt show-cat, a dancing harvest mouse and a girl named Polly.
The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?
Piers has been reading a chapter everyday you can listen here:
If you could talk to one animal, which one would you choose?
If the animals in your garden or at the park started talking to you, what do you think they would say? What would they tell you about what they see humans doing and what would they think of us?
Think of ways animals help humans. How many different examples can you come up with?
What would it feel like to find a secret place filled with talking creatures that only you know about? Does this remind you of any other stories you have read?
Have a go at writing your own story. Piers has provided a couple of ideas to get you started -they are really quick and easy to do. You could make up a story on the spot with your fellow book clubbers using these examples:
If you have a go please send the results in to Lisa and Ruth - firstname.lastname@example.org - we would love to read them and add them to the Library for your friends to read too.