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The Go-Away Bird by Julia Donaldson and Catherine Rayner

What a lovely book, this little treat is a real traditional picture book. It’s the story of a grumpy bird who doesn’t want any company or noise and always tell people to go away.

There is some great repetition so that children can easily understand the story and can join in at the right points for the times when the bird refuses friendship. Then when a bigger threat shows the strength and support of a group the message of the story is subtley revealed.

Catherine Rayners stunning paintings provide both beauty and character and Julia Donaldsons prose seems both fresher and more traditional all at once than her recent works.

A lovely tale about needing time to oneself, but also the value of friendship and teamwork. Lovely.

The Go-Away Bird is released in a gorgeous hardback edition on 7 March 2019.