The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head
Written by Daisy Hirst
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Shortlisted for the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize, an important new illustration prize for children's books. Inventive and witty, this is a story that is full of ideas and imagining rather than neatly tying up loose ends. Told more through the pictures than the words, the story of Isabel’s happiness as she plays with her friend Simon and her great unhappiness and sense of isolation when he moves away is movingly unfolded with very little explanation. This allows children to grieve with Isabel at her loss, to face up to her fears as they come crowding in and to enjoy her new friendship with her when it comes along. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Lovereading4kids's expert reviewer, Julia Eccleshare is the Chair of the Judges of the Klaus Flugge Prize, she said: “We asked the judges to consider technique and artistic ability, and they chose also to take into account the illustrators’ skill at characterisation. The discussion was lively and wide ranging and the final shortlist features exciting and extremely talented illustrators. The Klaus Flugge Prize is very important, the only one to recognise new illustrator talent at this crucial early stage in a career and we look forward to watching all six of the shortlisted illustrators develop.”
Original, and with a lively, bouncy feel, Hirst’s silk-screen prints and use of space caught the judges’ attention. A night-time scene with a wolf particularly impressed.
The Good Book Guide Review. Isabel has a parrot who likes to sit on her head. She also has a friend called Simon. One day, Simon moves away, leaving Isabel feeling lost and lonely. That is until Chester comes… This is a delightful and unusual picture book about friendship. It is beautifully designed, and has quirky and bold illustrations drawn in an enchanting retro style. The cleverly pared-down text completely captures the range of emotions experienced by a lonely child. It is not only a sensitive and engaging picture book but also a very enjoyable story. (Ages 3–6)
~ Andrea Rayner
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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head by Daisy Hirst
A beautifully bold and fresh new picture book, this hopeful and endearing story about moving house, making new friends and playing imaginative games is told with simple wit and charm, and offers a touching exploration of feelings.
When Simon moves house, Isabel loses her best friend for ever. She is angry and lonely and decides it's better to be by herself. But after a time she faces a new problem that leads her to make a brilliant new friend...
About the Author
Interest Age: From 5
More books by Daisy Hirst
Walker Books Ltd
7th January 2016
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