How to Be Famous

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 1   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Hi, this is me! I come from a famous family. I myself am particularly famous. You might think you could be famous too. But I can tell you—it’s not easy being perfect like me!

Take a trip through the zoo with this irrepressible pigeon, as she preens and poses alongside all the animals, right up to the sharp teeth of a grumpy lion.

An irreverent, layered story full of deadpan humor.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 1
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Publication Date 2016-03-01
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV000000, JUV002000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Lexile 480
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


School Library Journal

“Every page of this book is hilarious. The juxtaposition between the pigeon’s beliefs about her situation and the illustrated reality is brilliant. . . . [T]he ‘pride goeth before a fall’ story will provide many laughs and plenty to talk about. Recommended for purchase.”—School Library Journal


“This comical tale will be great to read aloud, as kids will quickly decipher what’s really going on behind the pigeon’s narcissistic narrative. Shalev’s kicky, scrawled crayon and cut-paper art is sophisticated and energetic. With similar delusions of grandeur, and a great example of a book in which the art and text tell opposing stories at the same time, this would be a natural pick for fans of Mo Willems’ own famous pigeon.”―Booklist

Publishers Weekly

“Shalev’s illustrations mark her as a talent to watch. . . . Personality-wise, Shalev’s pigeon could give Mo Willems’s renowned bird a run for his money.”—Publishers Weekly

Author, Illustrator: Michal Shalev

Michal Shalev has studied illustration, animation, and graphic design in Israel and the UK, recently graduating with an MA in children's book illustration from the Cambridge School of Art. She lives in Israel.