The Go-Away Bird

The Go-Away Bird


A gorgeous story about friendship and working together from a star picture-book partnership, the bestselling Julia Donaldson and award-winning Catherine Rayner. ‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest, With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.’ One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . . The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner. A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.

Our Review

The Go-Away Bird by Julia Donaldson is easy to read and contains beautiful illustrations.

Many birds come to see The Go-Away bird to try and talk or play but she sends them all away. She claims the other birds make her feel batty, dizzy and seedy. Then a dangerous bird comes after her and she realises she may need her friends after all.

This is a lovely little book about the power and importance of friendships. The simple rhymes mean it is easy for a child to read themselves or with their parents.

The birds all had their own personalities and of these my favourite was the Chit-Chat bird.

“I’m the Chit-Chat bird. Will you chat with me?

We can talk of the weather, and other things

Like the colour of eggs, and the aches in our wings.”

I liked that this book is based on a real bird whose cry makes it sound like it is saying ‘go away.’

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