Title: A Busy Day for Birds
Author: Lucy Cousins
Illustrator: Lucy Cousins
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Young children’s picture book
Book format: Board book
Description: Can YOU be a bird? Yes, a bird! Hooray!
Flap, hop, peck and sing along with lots and lots of busy birds in this fun action rhyming story by multi-award winning author Lucy Cousins.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is such a fun book and an excellent one for getting kids moving about and having some fun as well as just reading. The book is about A5 in size, has smooth rounded corners and is a board book so filled with very thick card pages of very colourful images and some text. The book is filled with rhymes on each double page as well as lots of chances for kids to get moving and have some fun.
The book starts by asking kids to imagine that for one day they are a bird, the following pages are all filled with bird activities that kids can try to do such as: shout cock-a-doodle-doo, flap your wings, and stretch your neck. Each of these bird actions and rhymes is accompanied with a fun picture of a bird. There’s no real story to the book but just various different things birds do during one day from morning until night.
I really love the pictures and they make this book so fun and appealing. Each page is filled with bold colours and birds that are very recognisable and themselves have bold outlines and colourings. I’m not sure why but the colours and the way these birds look really make this book fun. Each page is simple, not too much to distract kids from what the bird is doing and you just can’t help but love the rhyming on the pages and I think this will really make kids want to get involved.
Although this book can get kids involved in acting out bird actions, it also makes for plain fun reading and I know that the rhymes and colourful pictures would have made me want to read this over again and again when I was younger. It’s a great book and lots of fun and one I’d recommend.
-Review first appeared online March 2018 – now republished here.
What do you think of this book? Have you or your children read any other books by Lucy Cousins? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂