Song Bird: Great Barrier Reef Rescue is a super fun book filled to the brim with action and twisty turns that will suit a huge age range of readers – and it has an incredibly important message about the reef.
This chapter book is the fourth in the series, but is the first I have read – but worked well as a standalone and I loved being introduced to the wonderful diverse characters. Rosie is an awesome hero and fantastic role model, plus her besties Amy and Ben make the best team and you and your kids will love getting to know them. It also features an brilliant villain, Destructo, and I always looked forward to his sections of the book along with his two spider-dog robots – K and Nine.
The story follows Rosie and her family and friends as they arrive at Green Turtle Island for a holiday – but Rosie and her sidekicks notice that things aren’t as they appear. There are no guests and things aren’t looking well, but no one will tell them whats wrong. They decide they have to do something to find out, and of course Destructo has something to do with it.
The main thing that makes this book a standout, aside from the wonderful cast, is the constant action and page turny adventures. The chapters are short and sharp and will suit young kids by keeping them entertained and guessing what will happen. I feel this book will work really well for reading out loud to a wide range of kids from toddlers to school kids.
I also enjoyed the addition of the sound effects of ‘Whoops’ and ‘wooshes’ that blended into the story and gave it a slight comic book feel. The only thing that would make this book better would be the addition of some kick arse illustrations. But it works just fine without!
Song Bird: Great Barrier Reef Rescue also has an important message about saving our reef and is informative, but manages to do so without being preachy or taking away from the story, which is a massive bonus. Can you believe it was endorsed by Sir David Attenborough himself!
This book is filled adrenaline inducing adventure, will raise your kids to understand the problems of the world, make them laugh out loud, as well as learn some valuable lessons on friendship. Oh, and it was also have them testing out their own song bird super hero superpowers.
Thanks very much to Karen for sending me out this book!
Author: Karen Tyrrell
Publisher: Digital Future Press