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BOOK REVIEW: Backyard Birdies by Andy Geppert

| 12 August 2021 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Backyard Birdies by Andy Geppert

Lothian Children’s Books
August 2021
Hardcover $19.99
Reviewed by Steph O’Connell

Children’s Picture Books / Humour

90% Rocking

 

An extraordinarily good looking and somewhat factual illustrated introduction to the birds of Australia from the award-winning author of MEEP.

This is a common pigeon. Common because it’s almost identical to every other pigeon.
You’ll sometimes see a white one. That’s because it’s just had a bath. I made that last bit up.

If you would like to learn more VERY REAL facts like this about some of Australia’s most common backyard birds, this is the book for you. I mean, who doesn’t want to know what bok, bok, bok means in chicken? Or how often a budgerigar poops?

A handy first field guide packed full of fascinating facts (some of them are even true) about Australia’s most common backyard birds.

 


 

Flamingo
(Ornamental)

This is a flamingo.
They live in large colonies in places like Africa and South America.
But if you’re lucky, you’ll sometimes spot one around a backyard swimming pool.

If you get too close, they flamingo will freeze dead still. Often for years at a time.

Scientific name: Pinkus plasticus

While those of us who do the laundry and pay the bills might at first wonder what a plastic flamingo and an inflatable swan are doing in this book that’s supposedly about Australian Backyard Birdies… When you realise you probably put more emphasis on the “Australian” part of the title, and less on the “Backyard” bit, take a deep breath, and let the gorgeous images and funny lines in this book soak in, you’ll probably end up having WAY more fun with this book than you would have thought possible.

It even comes with a handy colour-guide, for if you or the mini-adults in your life want to try your hands at drawing some backyard birdies!

 

 

 

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