ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- A totally delightful, sometimes factual, first guide to common Australian birds (and a couple of blow-ins. Or blow-ups! Because it is quite likely flamingo and inflatable swans live in a backyard!) Birdwatching is a marvellous pursuit (yes, okay, I'm a bird nerd so perhaps a bit biased!) but in these times when we find ourselves limited in our travel, birdwatching has become a very popular backyard hobby. With rather lovely watercolour illustrations that catch the essence of the bird, cheeky descriptions (we have seagull – the beach chicken. Pigeon – the roof chicken. Chicken – the chicken chicken) and a few lines of text, it also has the scientific names, distribution maps, and size, as compared with a bucket. A book to make you smile, but it will actually teach the littlest birder in the house a few things about some of our most easily seen birds. Lindy
Andy Geppert is an Australian illustrator based in Brisbane. He won the Crichton Award for new illustrators for his work on Little Big Tree in 2010. His follow up picture book, Meep, was selected as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) in 2016. Andy is also an award-winning marketing designer.
In this introduction to the birds commonly seen in Australian backyards, including large inflatable flamingoes and swans, Andy Geppert mixes a few basic facts with a lot of humour to make for an enjoyable read for young children who will just be noticing the differences between the species. Clever illustrations and funny text combine to make this the most unusual field guide but one which will pique little ones' curiosity and have them trying to identify the birds that they see. They could even make a chart and mark each one off as it is spotted from their window, beginning their skills in data gathering, mapping and interpretation! It's the simple things.... --Barbara Braxton, NSW [ONLINE] NSW School Library Matters