Reviews: Recent Children’s Picture Books about Birds
by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Bring on the Birds:
Pre-schoolers can have very strong ideas of what they want to read. Some already prefer non-fiction. Bring on the Birds is by Susan Stockdale and published by Working Title Press, 2014. It’s a companion to Fabulous Fishes which I mentioned in Four Picture Books to Help Kids Learn.
Children will enjoy the lovely simple and clear illustrations and young naturalists will enjoy learning more about these fascinating feathered creatures. Teachers and read-alouders like me will appreciate the rhyming text and afterword with extra facts.
Max was written and illustrated by Marc Martin and published by Penguin Books Australia, 2014.
From the publisher: Max and Bob are old friends. Max helps out in Bob's shop, and in the evenings they go fishing together. Until one summer, when everything changes . . .
From the winner of the 2013 Crichton Award for Australia's best new illustrator comes this heartwarming story of enduring friendship.
I am a confirmed fan of Marc Martin’s illustration style. I have previously reviewed The Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals. In this book, we meet two unusual friends, a seagull and a man. Their story makes us ponder the meaning of friendship and interdependence. Martin’s illustrations are bursting with bright summer colours that will enchant young and old.
Little Owl was written by Phillip Gwynne, illustrated by Sandy Okalyi and published by Working Title Press, 2014.
From the publisher: When Little Owl falls from his nest and opens his eyes for the very first time he has one big question. Whooooo? Whoooo? Whoooo am I?
Like many of us, Little Owl is not too sure who he is. He copies different Australian animals but none are the right fit. Until at last he hears someone who makes exactly the same sort of Whoo? Whoo? as he does. Fascinating brightly coloured illustrations and quirky character expressions round out a satisfying story.
The Pigeon Needs a Bath:
The Pigeon Needs a Bath was written and illustrated by Mo Willems and published by Walker Books, 2014.
From the publisher: Smell? What smell? I don t smell. YOU smell. The Pigeon needs a bath! Except, well, the Pigeon's really not so sure about that... Besides, he took a bath last month! Maybe. It looks like it's going to take some serious convincing to get the Pigeon to take the plunge!
The Pigeon Needs a Bath truly will make children and adults laugh aloud! Avoiding bath time is something kids can relate to. Mums and dads will love that here is yet another wonderful picture book to convince kids reading is ultra cool.
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