HECTOR AND HUMMINGBIRD by Nicholas John Frith
Kirkus Star

HECTOR AND HUMMINGBIRD

Age Range: 3 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

A bear and a hummingbird in an odd-couple animal friendship.

Hector is a Peruvian bear who is “mostly” best friends with Hummingbird. Hector is generally patient with his friend, but the little bird can be really annoying as he tries to copy all of Hector’s actions. Whether he is eating an apple, scratching against a tree, or merely trying to sleep, Hummingbird is there with incessant questions and chatter. After finally issuing an ultimatum, Hector is alone at last. But he discovers that solitude is not as satisfying as he thought it would be, and he finds he misses his little friend. Of course Hummingbird has been watching all along, and there is a “mostly” joyful reunion. The Peruvian forest and the two characters splash out into an unexpected palette of mid-20th-century-modern green, pink, turquoise, and brown. The narration and most of Hector’s speech appear in the large white spaces around and amid the forest, while Hummingbird’s words are placed within trapezoidal boxes in the same colors of the forest and arranged to reflect his staccato comments. Frith has created a visually stunning work, and young readers who look closely will find a forest teeming with wildlife hidden in plain sight. The tale is simple and universal, the setting is fresh, and it all works.

Lovely. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: March 29th, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-545-85701-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Levine/Scholastic
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2016




MORE BY NICHOLAS JOHN FRITH

ChildrenMOLES by Rachel Poliquin
by Rachel Poliquin
ChildrenBEAVERS by Rachel Poliquin
by Rachel Poliquin
ChildrenA WEREWOLF NAMED OLIVER JAMES by Nicholas John Frith
by Nicholas John Frith

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenTHE SNIFFLES FOR BEAR by Bonny Becker
by bonny becker
ChildrenLITTLE PENGUIN AND THE LOLLIPOP by Tadgh Bentley
by Tadgh Bentley
ChildrenGARY AND RAY by Sarah Adams
by Sarah Adams