Cuckoo by Fiona Robertson

If you’re not already seduced by the gorgeous cover of Cuckoo, read on and I’ll tell you why it’s an equally gorgeous story.

We reviewed Robertson’s first book, The Perfect Pet, almost two years ago – it remains one of my favourite stories. Her latest release is Cuckoo, the sweet story of a newly hatched cuckoo who discovers he is different from the other birds in the nest.

Cuckoo goes in search of somebody who will understand him but quickly discovers that he is quite different from frogs, sheep, pigs, cows, snakes and rabbits.

“They couldn’t understand a word Cuckoo was saying. No matter how hard he tried. It was all extremely confusing for everyone.”

Cuckoo is clearly a clever little bird so decides that if he can’t find anyone that speaks his language, then he will learn theirs instead. But try as he might, Cuckoo is soon exhausted by all the different languages.

“His brain hurt from all the learning.”

Just when Cuckoo thinks all hope is lost, he finds someone who understands him perfectly. The story is simple and sweet, the message easily understandable by children as young as three.

Robertson’s illustrations always have tonnes of visual appeal and Cuckoo is no exception. A combination of lush fonts, simple but highly expressive characters and a mix of page formats (single and double page spreads alternating with pages featuring a dozen smaller illustrations) give her books a unique and instantly recognisable feel.

Find Cuckoo online at Penguin Books Australia.


Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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