Book Review: Bye! Bye! Bye!, by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Stephanie Junovich

Available now in bookstores nationwide. 

Juliette MacIver is a NZ author based in Wellingtcv_bye_bye_byeon. She has written a number of children’s books − Marmaduke Duck and the Marmalade Jam (a finalist at the 2011 NZ Post Awards), Tom and the Dragon and Toucan Can being some of her titles.

The illustrator, Stephanie Junovich lives in Auckland . She studied painting at the Canterbury School of Fine Arts. After a number of years travelling overseas, returned to NZ and embarked on a career in graphic design. Stephanie was a finalist in the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award in 2010 and 2013.

Bye! Bye! Bye! is the story of a little girl going on holiday with her family to a house beside the sea. She has a number of pets – a kitten, mouse, frog, fish and duck. She is very sad at leaving them behind and desperately wants to take them with her, but unfortunately they have to stay home. The little girl gives them all individually a sad farewell pretending that it is them, not her that is sad about leaving them behind.

This is a lovely story simply told with very clear illustrations that tie in beautifully with the story. I read this book to my 3 year old grand-daughter. She enjoyed having this book read to her, but I personally think it is targeted at a younger audience. I know my 2 year old grandson would love this story. His language is at a lower level. It is in my opinion, a lovely book and would make a wonderful addition to a small person’s personal library especially with Christmas rapidly approaching.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

Bye! Bye! Bye!
by Juliette MacIver, illustrated by Stephanie Junovich
Published by Scholastic NZ
ISBN 9781775432258

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