Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - A Funny Little Bird

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Book Review - A Funny Little Bird

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About the Book
In the world of illustrated picture books, it is very rare to come across something truly original and new.

With a visually imaginative, minimalist graphic style, Jennifer Yerkes’s heartwarming debut tale, A FUNNY LITTLE BIRD (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, May 2013, $15.99 hardcover, Ages 4-8) is an endearing tale about a lonely, invisible bird who learns that the key to happiness and friendship is not based on what you look like, but by being a friend to others.

Recognized for its unique approach to storytelling by being named an Opera Prima finalist in the Bologna Book Fair Ragazzi Award, A FUNNY LITTLE BIRD was hailed as “a new Aesop” by the award jury for “its innovative ability to surprise all kinds of readers at every turn.”

Combined with a simple yet essential message about self-confidence and rejoicing in one’s differences, Jennifer Yerkes’s brilliant and creative use of negative space, emphasizing color and shape, will stimulate the imagination of readers young and old.

The perfect gift book for kids and adults who will delight in this adorably charming tale about the dangers of pride and vanity, A FUNNY LITTLE BIRD encourages young readers to embrace their uniqueness and find a balance between blending in and standing out.

About the Author and Illustrator
Jennifer Yerkes was born in Minneapolis, MN. After a stint in Turkey as a little girl, she moved back to the U.S, where she grew up surrounded by her family, art, books, and greenery. Jennifer studied Design and Art History at universities in the U.S. and Europe. She now lives in Strasbourg, France, where she works as a graphic designer and illustrator, still surrounded by her family, art, books, and greenery.

My Take on the Book
This was a wonderful story that shows the reader that friendship is so much more than outward appearances. My daughters loved looking for the bird on every page and at the end we were able to have a good conversation about what the story was really saying in the end. The illustrations alone were beautiful and completely jumped off of the page and each page is filled to the brim with images that will make you want to come back again and again. The book talks to the reader at a higher level than one might first think, but I commend her for this as it does not talk down to the reader, but instead lifts them up. The reader is provided a character that any parent would be more than happy to share with their own children based on the sincere kindness of this little bird. All-in-all this is a great book for young readers.

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