Review: How to Make A Bird

How to Make a Bird is an award-winning book that is genuinely stunning, poetic and everything beautiful. Mostly, it is a story for creators.

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Review: Happy Hoppy Home

Happy Hoppy Home is an adorable story about a family of rabbits who go on a journey to find the right place to live, and who discover what home means along the way.

Papa Hare and his four children all live together in a cramped little burrow. There is no room for the bunny children (Dot, Pip and Pap, and Baby Cottontail) to play and dance and rest. So Papa Hare comes up with a brilliant plan – they will move to a bigger burrow! They dig up and down and sideways, but they can’t find anything that is big enough for them. Until finally, they find somewhere that seems just perfect, but does it really suit them?

Happy Hoppy Home is a gorgeous humbling book about home and family. It is easy to read and the illustrations are so sweet, I particularly like the different characters and how every page feels like you’re peeking into a burrow itself. The bunny illustrations are adorable and have so much character. A straightforward story, that is told with enough charm to be very enjoyable, and features an important lesson that all kids and adults need to remember – home is wherever your family are.

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Title: Happy Hoppy Home

Author/Illustrator: Tull Suwannakit

Publisher: Scholastic

Published: 2021

Ages: 3+

Picture Book Review: Winner Winner Bin Chicken Dinner

Everyone is familiar with the dreaded bin chicken. They do have quite the reputation these days, the poor ibis. This sequel to the popular “Bin Chicken” book by the same authors, gives us some more insight into the ibis’ life and this poor ibis is not let off the hook looking for a meal.

In a dirty old town, on a busy old street, struts a fine-feathered bird with leathery feet.

This book is a fun easy to read story about an ibis looking for some dinner. The poor ibis tries all kinds of places from French restaurants to fish and chips. The rhyming is perfect and great to read out loud, making it fun for all ages. I felt a little bad for the bin chicken whose relentless attempts to secure some food continue to get muddled. But the end is sweet and funny.

Winner Winner, Bin Chicken Dinner is a clever and enjoyable book that features themes of friendship and how we treat others. The illustrations are fantastic in great colours and my favourite are the ones of the seagulls acting tough and flexing their muscles.

To grab yourself a copy of this book and get to know the misunderstood ibis a little better, click here!

Title: Winner Winner, Bin Chicken Dinner

Authors: Kate and Jol Temple

Illustrator: Ronojoy Ghosh

Publisher: Scholastic

Published: 2021

Ages: 3+

Review: Ash Invites Her Friends to Tea

Ash is back again in this sequel to her original book Ash Dresses Her Friends, and the sweet little bird in a red jacket is learning all about tea.

Ash and her grandpa are sitting in a tree when they start talking about leaves. Ash thinks they are all the same, but her grandpa tells that not all leaves are the same, and these leaves are magic! He then shows her the steps in turning the leaves into something special that everyone can enjoy. Once the process is finished and they make a lovely cup of tea, the magic works and it brings all kinds of mysterious animals to enjoy the tea (even a big giant dragon!), all who get something different out of it.

I just adored this book. There is something special about the gorgeous illustrations with the bright minty green and how it contrasts against the black and whites and greys – it’s just a delight for my eyeballs. I love the themes of family and culture and friendship. Afterwards, I had a new appreciation for tea and gained some new knowledge into the actual process on how it is made. I really enjoyed this book, although my toddler was a little hesitant until the dragon turned up, then he was hooked.

To grab your copy of this book and join ash for a cuppa, click here!

Title: Ash Invites Her Friends to Tea

Author & Illustrator: Fu Whenzeng

Publisher: New Frontier Publishing

Published: 2021

Ages: 3+