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The Bowerbird

Catherine Rayner

Macmillan Children's Books (3+) 9781529092240 (Hardback)

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A charming and absorbing story of Bert the Bowerbird and his mission to make his nest as attractive as possible so he might attract Nanette, the bird of his dreams, by collecting items and flowers from the environment around him.  Will he be able to do enough and what obstacles will he face along the way? 

A quirky colourful book with wonderful, sketchy-style illustrations that perfectly capture the different personalities of the birds. Subtle visual clues build a sense of pace and keep readers engaged. Colour choices are calm and cosy and the naturalistic palette reflects the habitats of the birds. Backgrounds have lots of added detail. The expression and poise of the bird characters are clearly expressed and provide added layers of meaning. There’s a textural, almost collage-like, feel to some illustrations. A lively sense of movement creates a controlled narrative flow. There are numerous trinkets that Bert brings back which create a sense of continuity and a fun game for readers to play seeking these out.   

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Catherine Rayner

Catherine Rayner is an award-winning author and illustrator. She studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and still lives in the city with her husband and two sons. Catherine was named as one of BookTrust’s ten Best New Illustrators in 2008, and in 2009 she won the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for Harris Finds His Feet. Catherine loves animals and has a horse, a cat and a goldfish, which all inspire her work but so far, no birds.

Shadowers' reviews and artwork

I thought that the book was sad at the start but then I was happy to see that the bower bird finally found love. I also felt that I really started to enjoy the rhymes in the book 8\10 :)

Emy

Rebel Readers

I loved this book as it was a bit more realistic than the others I have read. I think that this book would be great for ages around 10 years old because it might be a little sad for younger readers. For this book there was one specific message that the writer was trying to give the reader: do not trust strangers. When the bird came to help the bowerbird and the other bird took all the items the bowerbird collected.

Narina

Brooke Weston Book Busters

This is a beautifully illustrated book, the emotion the characters feel is very clear and I like that about it.

Aimee

Reading allowed

I love this book because Bert never gives up to find his bride. In this book it shows determination because Burt didn’t give up.

Olivia

Witham St Hughs Readers