Australia Writer and NZ Illustrator Alicia Munday, illustrated by Carl Van Wijk
Squishy Squashy Birds Potton and Burton 2015 $19.99pb 40pp ISBN 978 1 9272 1342 1
Themes: Endangered NZ birds/ Show and tell/ Stories in rhyme
Sammy’s favourite book is Endangered Birds of New Zealand and he keeps the book safely in his backpack. While all seems calm on the outside, inside the book is a different story with the colourful, noisy birds all squashed up uncomfortably together and mainly protestingloudly (except for the Hoiho who likes it quiet) that they really want to be in their natural places in the mountains, the bush and sea. Then one day, Sammy opens the book at school during Show and Tell and into the classroom fly the birds. ‘The birds burst from the pages like a rainbow feathered sea’ and they certainly do look like this as generously large images cover every page. This is a book that is a pleasure to look at, to read and to handle.
Preschool up/ Age 4 up
Note to Alicia (if you should be reading this!)
Alicia do you remember about five or six years ago you sent me the text of this book for an assessment? Sadly I have now lost your email address so I can’t make this more personal but I did want you to know how truly delighted I was when the book arrived in all its magnificence in my post box just before Easter. It’s taken a while but here it is and you and Carl must be so proud of the way it looks. Congratulations to you both. Barbara Murison