Sunday, May 29, 2011

Diary of a Pukeko by Sally Sutton, illustrations Dave Gunson (Scholastic)
At last, it's Christmas! Problem is, the Wekas are coming for lunch. Dad says, 'Can't we just uninvite them this year?' and Mum says, 'Of course we can't they're family,' but I can tell she's tearing her feathers out because she knows Aunty Weka will drink too much swamp water and go on and on about how weka are a threatened species.
Sure enough, this is exactly what happens.

A humorous chapter book for 6-8 year olds about a young pukeko's life. In Pukeko's diary he writes about the Christmas party gone wrong, training for the Swim-Run-Fly competition and trying to win the attentions of Indigo Tuk Tuk a hot young chick in the wetlands. Will Pukeko get the girl or will he lose out to his rival Billy Flicktail...

Author Sally Sutton uses lots of bird humour to get a chuckle. Just about each double page spread includes a Dave Gunson's full-page illustration, which will also get a laugh. I hope we'll see more of these young chapter books from Sally Sutton. They fill the gap that Kiwi Bites left when they were stopped by Penguin NZ.

Sally Sutton has written several books. Her book 'Roadworks', illustrated by Brian Lovelock, won the NZ Post Children's Picture Book Award in 2009.

Auckland author/illustrator Dave Gunson has illustated many children's books for himself and other authors including: Lucy Davey’s Pandora’s Potato Romp, Santa and the Reindeer by Maria Farrer, and the charming Will and Woof by Tanya Warren. In addition, he has illustrated two of the popular Kiwi Corkers series. Dave Gunson’s Mr Muggs the Library Cat was the Read-
Aloud title for NZ’s Biggest Storytime as part of LIANZA
Library Week 2010.

Teacher Notes here

ISBN: 978-1-86943-975-0 RRP $16.50

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