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The Go-Away Bird Hardcover – 26 February 2019
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- Publisher : Macmillan Children's Books (26 February 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1509843582
- ISBN-13 : 978-1509843589
- Reading age : 2 - 6 years
- Dimensions : 25.8 x 1.4 x 28.7 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 56,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
This is 2020’s most anticipated release – and yet another potential children’s classic by Julia Donaldson, who teams up with the award-winning Catherine Rayner for the striking story told in her trademark rhyming format. You may not always want company, but everyone needs friends sometimes. Lovely story and gorgeous illustrations that will bear
repeated bedtime readings
Catherine’s illustrations make Julia’s catchy rhyming story sing on the page. I love this book’s beautiful message about friendship, forgiveness and not taking others for granted -- Rachael Davis ― Picture Book Perfect
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The story itself, about a grumpy bird who wants to be alone before realising she does need friends after all, is ok but it's nothing that hasn't already been done before.
I don't think the change in illustrator helps in terms of appeal though. Don't get me wrong, Catherine Rayner's illustrations are simply beautiful but I can't help thinking they're far more appealing to adults than to young children, who of course are the target audience. They are incredibly delicate and detailed, rather than bold, bright and attractive like the drawings of Axel Sheffler, Lydia Monks and Nick Sharratt, all of whom Donaldson has successfully collaborated with on numerous occasions in the past. In my experience, these are the type of illustrations that appeal most to young children. I'm not sure how many children will choose to pick up this book ahead of one illustrated by the others mentioned. There are also lots of blank, white spaces on each page which again doesn't appeal to young children. Of course, as adults we should be teaching children not to judge a book by its' cover so to speak but at the end of the day there's no getting away from the fact that it's the pictures that naturally draw a child towards a book and I'm just not sure this one stands out from the crowd enough to become a classic.
This is one of the best new books I have bought for my grandchildren, and it deserves to become a classic.
It kept her reading during the period away from school, and often read to us over FaceTime.