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Wednesday 4 September 2019

Review: Leonard the Lyrebird

The dramatic scenery of Australia's iconic Blue Mountains provides a stunning backdrop for this beautiful tale of Leonard the lyrebird.

Leonard is a truly wondrous creature who loves to perform, singing the sounds of all the animals in the bush. He has plenty of friends among the other animals, but longs for a lyrebird friend.

Hoping to befriend the lyrebird Lilah, Leonard goes searching for the most impressive song of all.

This is a sweet and lively story about friendship, bravery and being yourself.

Author Jodie McLeod weaves a magical tale with her vivid use of language. Onomatopoeia, alliteration, rhyme and rhythm make it a glorious story to read out loud.

The rich and vibrant illustrations, in a luscious palette, capture the magnificent beauty of the setting, along with the playfulness of Leonard's colourful performances and his journey to true friendship.

The book is stunningly produced with sumptuous endpapers, thick matte pages and a striking design that incorporates stylistic typography to further enhance the joy and drama of the story. This is a book to treasure.

Title: Leonard the Lyrebird
Author: Jodie McLeod
Illustrator: Eloise Short
Publisher: King St Press, $24.95
Publication Date: August 2018
Format: Hard Cover
ISBN: 9780994450753
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book