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Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Review: The Go-Away Bird

The Go-Away bird is prickly, proud and dismissive. She thinks she needs no one. When the gentle green Chit-Chat bird approaches her with friendship and warm conversation in mind, it is thought to be too chatty, and is told to go away!

Then the sweet red Peck-Peck bird wants to share its plenty of plump juicy red berries. She insults it by saying your eyes are too beady, and that it is greedy, so it must go away!

The beautiful blue Flip-Flap bird wants to whirl and fly high into the sky with the Go-Away bird. But for the third time, a would-be friend is chased away.

When the Go-Away bird is alone with its pride, the giant brown Get-You bird approaches. She tries its clever words on the predator to no effect. Then the yellow Come-Back bird appears; fearless and loud, quacking to the others to come back! Come back!

Will those that the Go-Away bird sent away, return to save the haughty bird that could have been a friend?

This is a delightful story about the value of friends especially in times of need.  Julia Donaldson’s clever use of repetition and assonance, adds rhythm to the rhyming verse. It is beautifully illustrated in bold watercolour and pen by the winner of the CILIP Kate Greenway Medal, Catherine Rayne, who breathes life into Donaldson’s outstanding characters.

Stunning end pages in variegated greens with splashes of red and yellow introduce and close the book. The gorgeous covers show the stubborn Go-Away bird on the front, and her unlikely heroes in full colour, gathered together on the back.

The Go-Away bird is a real bird found in Africa. More can be found about her on the Internet for those who are interested.

Title: The Go-Away Bird
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Catherine Rayner
Publisher: MacMillan Children’s Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 26 February 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781509843589
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book


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