Early Childhood Shortlist Nomination – CBCA 2013 Peggy by Anna Walker

This is a charming book, there isn’t a better word for it. Somebody suggested the other day that it is a good book to read going to bed. I don’t think so. I think that the children need to be wide awake to capture everything that this story has to offer. It is the kind of book that with every read you will discover something new. It is more than a chicken’s journey to the city and back again. Every illustration has something in it that will either amuse you or intrigue you. I can hear the kids now saying “Look at that!” and pointing at something and then the next minute saying the same thing about something else. Interesting little things, like: the chicken (Peggy) on a trampoline, Peggy watching the pigeons, Peggy trying to get the people to understand how she talks, a guy with a mohawk that resembles a chicken’s comb, images that are similar to her, yet not the same. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but there are lots of little surprises and quirky moments in the book. To be honest, it is one of my favourites already and it is the first one that I have read. There aren’t many words in this book, but there are a lot of stories. I absolutely love it.

Four stars!Peggy01



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