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Thursday 15 September 2011

Review: A Song for Lorkie

The work of internationally acclaimed artist Dean Bowen is beautifully represented in this tale about Lorkie the roof bird.

Lorkie is a roofbird. He is one of seven roofbirds who make home in the Valley of Roofs – a place of togetherness, safety and song. His best friend is Brian – they’ve been friends since they were eggs – and Brian has a gorgeous little silent sister called Sweetheart.

Life is good on the rooftops, but Lorkie has a secret. He loves to hit the road. He loves to fly up and down the highway, racing cars and chasing trucks. It makes him feel alive and free.

The rooftops make him feel slow. Lorkie knows he has to leave – but how can he tell Brian?

This sweet love story about being true to yourself is a perfect framework for Bowen’s strikingly beautiful artwork – a series of lustrous, folksy birds, villages, vehicles and flora that combine modern style and whimsy to perfection.

Title: A Song for Lorkie
Author: Jennifer Castles
Illustrator: Dean Bowen
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $29.99
Publication Date: 29 August 2011
ISBN: 9781742377186
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 4 – 8
Type: Picture Book