LITTLE BIRD’S ABC by Piet Grobler



The small square shape and multicolored checked spine and endpapers are reminiscent of Chris Raschka’s Mysterious Thelonious. But inside, this small alphabet book with its ink-and-watercolor birds on white backgrounds raises some questions about audience. A green semi-circular slash for the letter “C” is accompanied by two little birds in trees, catching each other’s eyes before going, “Chirp chirp chirp” to each other. “G” is “Grrr!!” as a big bird snarls at a smaller one that has just pulled its tail. “M” for “Mmm” is followed by “N” (“Nice worm!”), as a multicolored bird swallows the hapless crawler. A chicken graphically plops an egg into a nest for “P.” Small children will probably be amused, if they are not baffled, by the birds’ sometimes-rude antics (including burping, splatting poop and a “ffft”) and some of the expressions (“Alley-oop!” and “Jeepers creepers!”). “Yaaawwwn” and “Zzzz . . . ” conclude, but readers should keep their eyes open. (Picture book. All ages)

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 2005
ISBN: 1-932425-52-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lemniscaat/Boyds Mills
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2005


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