As soon as I saw this book, I had high expectations. The cover is beautiful, the gorgeous typography looks as though it has been scissor cut out of paper and pasted over the illustration to sit along the child-like branches of the grey forest. The exquisitely drawn tropical birds contrast with the forest in colour and style. It’s a great picture book, with an original story and quirky illustrations.
The Grey Go-Away Bird is unlike the other birds on the island, and is often forgotten and overlooked by them. One day some smelly old bird-catchers arrive on the island and it’s up to Grey Go-Away Bird to help the others before it’s too late!
The Grey Go-Away Bird is an original story by author and illustrator James Barker. The book was shortlisted for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2014 and was awarded merit by 3×3 Magazine.
Apparently the Grey Go Away Bird is an actual species of bird, I had no idea. Here’s what Wikipedia says about it.
The grey go-away-bird (Corythaixoides concolor), also known as grey lourie, grey loerie, or kwêvoël, is a southern African bird of uniform grey with black beak and strikingly pink gape. It is widespread in savanna woodland, a clumsy flier though extremely agile in clambering through tree crowns. It has a distinctive loud alarm call “quare”, fancifully sounding like “go away”. The crest is raised when excited.
Oh yeah, it does kind of sound like ‘Go Away’.