Saturday, 23 November 2013

Picture Books

NZ Writer & Illustrator
Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Patrick McDonald
A Perfect Chirpy Christmas
Random House 2013  $19.99pb 32pp
ISBN 978 1 7755 3495 2

Themes:  Northern Hemisphere Christmas/ Wishes

Flit is a small, oval shaped bird that longs for a White Christmas with all the trimmings. He sets off from his warm nest in the South to see life in the Northern Hemisphere. And what does he find?  A white Christmas was wonderful. But there was no Christmas more perfect than a Christmas with family and friends.  A gentle and subtly told story with meticulous images by a newcomer to this genre, Patrick McDonald, who was the winner of the 2013 Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration.

Preschool up/ Age 4 up

I took this picture of Kyle and Patrick at the launch at the Children’s Bookshop at Kilbirnie last night.  Kyle told us that Flit’s wishes have a parallel in real life. Some time ago he and his wife wanted to experience the magic of a White Christmas so they left their warm home in Millers Flat and travelled to the Northern Hemisphere. However what met them was not sparkling snow – just cold and damp. This year they will celebrate in the (hopefully) broiling hot sun in Millers Flat, Central Otago.

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