PEKA-BOO by Eliza Feely


The Smallest Bird in All the World
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Age Range: 6 - 8
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A late bloomer the size of a mosquito but with a personality as big as all outdoors wings across the pond from Australia to explain how life surrounded by much larger sibs goes from being “no skip in the bush” to "fluttering skippity" thanks to the discovery of an outsize singing voice. The notably colloquial text (“My arrival was a real gobdropper. ‘Stone the blowies! What is it?’ ”) skitters through major changes in size and type style as Peka-Boo carries his (or maybe her) account from laborious hatching to a triumphant sonic epiphany. This, represented in Feely’s wildly scribbled illustrations with huge bursts and curls of color, is realized in a last-ditch effort to attract the attention of old Kapecki, a near–blind-and-deaf kookaburra. Kapecki’s observation that “you can’t make worm pie from a stack of bracken” may leave readers on this side of the lake scratching their heads, but Peka-Boo’s exuberance is as catching as that of the sibling-under-the-skin narrator in Kevin Sherry’s I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean! (2007). (Picture book. 6-8)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-74175-541-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Allen & Unwin/Trafalgar
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2010