This fabulous new book by Aussie mum and author-illustrator Kylie Howarth is about something we all know well – a cheeky seagull who just loves to eat chips. A great addition to the library of any kid who loves the beach and birds.
Yes, Chip the seagull is named after his favourite food – chips! He will eat them in any shape or form, hot chips, cold chips, fat ones, skinny ones, even soggy or sandy chips. But trouble arrives when a new sign goes up near Joe’s Chip Van – DO NOT FEED THE GULLS. How will Chip get his yummy feed of chips now?
This is a book full of charm with a touch of cheekiness. Creator of Chip, Kylie Howarth lives seaside in sunny Western Australia and her love for beach culture really shines through. The illustrations are a wonderful mix of vibrant colours with a stylish retro look and great use of textures and patterns. I especially love the newspaper cones that hold the chips from Joe’s Van, I can almost smell the salty air as I read.
The story has engaging repetition of words that welcomes children to join in the reading. The characters are endearing, the story delightful, and there are some good messages around feeding human food to animals. You can pick up a copy of Chip for $20 direct from Five Mile Press, plus $5 standard shipping across Australia.
If you have a family that loves sand between their toes, you will definitely want to take a look at our best beach finds for Families so you can hit the surf in style.