Book Review: Wacko Kakapo, by Yvonne Morrison, illustrated by Donovan Bixley

This book is available in bookstores nationwide. cv_wacko_kakapoBy the same team who brought you The Three Bears (Sort of.)

This is such a gorgeous book to read to a small person. Written in style of the well -known children’s story “Henny Penny”, but with a completely Kiwi twist. Yvonne Morrison has written a wonderful read-aloud book and one that Kiwi children can call their own. Wacko Kakapo yawned and pulled his wings over his beak, snuggling down to sleep, when the wind picked up, shaking the colossal Kauri. The winged seeds began to fall, with one falling on his head. Awp, the sky is falling. And so this tale begins.

The characters are right up there, with absolutely wonderful names, such as Peewee Kiwi and Non-Truer Tuatara. The villain in this story is a stoat who cunningly lures them into his den.

This is such a good story.How do I know this? I was told, “read it again, Grandma” by one 3-year-old granddaughter. The tongue twister names were a bit of a challenge but by reading them slowly I got the hang of it pretty quickly. My granddaughter also tried to sneak it out of my bag and into her bookcase, so obviously in her eyes, a book worth keeping.

The pictures in this book are gorgeous with lots of detail which makes it a story that keeps a small person interested. They are hand-drawn on textured paper and coloured in photoshop by Donovan Bixley.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

Wacko Kakapo
by Yvonne Morrison, Pictures by Donovan Bixley
Published by Scholastic NZ
ISBN 9781775432562