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Friday, 15 October 2010

Review: Wendy

You get the feeling you’re about to embark on something special as soon as you hold this book in your hot little hands.

Wendy is a chicken, but not just your ordinary farm chicken. She wants more from life; she wants to be something special. Wendy wants to perform.

After a chance meeting with an injured Motorcycle Stunt Bear, Wendy finds herself in the circus, performing as Wendy the Flying Chicken! She becomes famous for her stunt jumps, being written about in the newspaper and interviewed on television.

Wendy has everything she ever dreamed of, but she still wants more, so she carefully devises the biggest stunt of her career. But when she crashes, she thinks of life back home on the farm, with her family. Back to the quiet life… although her schemes aren’t finished just yet.

From the moment you see the cover of this book, with the caped, helmeted super-chicken looking mightily proud of herself, you know this will be a gorgeous story.

And it is.

Gordon’s amazing talent for illustrations with a quirky, cheeky humour is extraordinary. Each page turn brings with it more giggles and wonder at this beautiful chicken with so much character and personality.

The story itself gives a lovely message that the best part of any adventure is coming home again.

Children will love this one-of-a-kind daredevil chicken.

Title: Wendy
Author/Illustrator: Gus Gordon
Publisher: Penguin, $24.95 RRP
Publication Date: September 2009
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780670070916
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture book

This book is available online


  1. Our family just adore this book. I'm amazed it wasn't at the very least short-listed for the CBCA Awards. It would be wonderful if this was the start of a series of "Wendy" books.

  2. I so agree with you. And there's so many other books that should have made the list, too. It's such a shame the shortlist isn't a longlist!


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