This is a joyful book about two young kiwi waking up at night ready for a playful adventure. When Kiwi One and Kiwi Two emerge from their burrow into the night sky but their feathered friends are all asleep. So our kiwi begin the fun by rousing their friends from their beds. There’s time for running races, kite-flying and a game of hide and seek. But not all animals are designed for night-time antics. What happens when the nocturnal kiwi outlast their friends who are starting to tire?
The upbeat and energetic mood carries throughout the story until dawn rises in the sky. Kiwi One and Kiwi Two happily head back to their burrow sleep, along with their tuatara friend who has joined them all night long (our eagle-eyed readers loved finding him on each page!).
Stephanie Thatcher has included all the elements for a great picture book for young kiwi children. The rhyming poem dances along just waiting to be read and the illustrations speak the story by themselves. The two cheeky kiwi celebrate the joys of childhood and little ones will want to join in the fun.
There is no big moral or adventure in this story, but it doesn’t need one. It is a deliciously simple bedtime story, perfect for reading at the end of a long day as a little one snuggles down to sleep!
Reviewed by Sara Croft
Kiwi One and Kiwi Two
by Stephanie Thatcher
published by Scholastic NZ