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Thursday 29 November 2012

Review: Cuckoo!

I fell head over heels in love the moment I spied the stunning cover of Fiona Roberton's new book, Cuckoo!. I've always loved her work, and her newest offering is just a delight.

One day, Cuckoo hatches. And all is well. Until, that is, the other birds discover how 'different' he is. Cuckoo doesn't twitter or tweet. He cuckoos. How bananas bizarre is that?

No one understands a word he's saying, so a despondent Cuckoo heads off in search of someone who can understand him.

As he traipses the streets and parks and ponds and shops, he encounters all manner of different creatures, all making different sounds all unable to decipher his cuckoo. How will he ever be understood!? {I don't want to reveal too much!}

This is a beautiful story that's so cute it almost hurts the eyes - both in terms of storyline and image. Beautifully written and edited, the text and speech bubbles are a joy to read, and the illustrations and colour choices are equally entrancing.

This is another divine production from Fiona Roberton, one of the best in the biz. Cuckoo! is one of my absolute faves for 2012.

Title: Cuckoo!
Author/Illustrator: Fiona Roberton
Publisher: Penguin, $24.99 RRP
Publication Date: 26 November 2012
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9780670076123
For ages: 3 - 10
Type: Picture Book