Reader Reviewed Baby Bird by Andrew Gibbs

Baby Bird

Written by Andrew Gibbs
Illustrated by Zosienka

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April 2018 Debut of the Month

Beautifully illustrated by talented newcomer Zosienka, this is an uplifting story about a little bird who finds a way to fly despite having only one wing. As the other hatchlings fly away, Baby is left alone in the nest. All attempts at flying end in disaster, but then Coot arrives and the two make friends. Coot might not be able to get Baby airborne, but can certainly share the excitement of Coot Scooting, taking the little bird racing down the river at top speed. The story gently reinforces an important message about the power of friendship and doing things your own way. The two main characters and their riverside world gleam in Zosienka’s illustrations and Baby is particularly appealing. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our younger Lovereading Kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Jack Radford, age 5 - 'I really loved this, especially the bird because he was so brave! My mummy thought there was a meaningful message to the story, brought to life with an engaging plot and beautiful illustrations.'
  • Abbie Collings, age 5 - 'There are beautiful pictures of Baby Bird and his friend Cooter that take up the whole page and I really liked looking at them.'
  • Abbie’s Mum - 'This picture book is full of striking illustrations and is a delightful tale about perseverance and learning to accept yourself as you are.  We really enjoyed it!'
  • Edith and Ceci, age 4 ½ and 2 ½ - 'Beautiful illustrations. We particularly liked the birds eating the worms and the aerial view of the countryside.'
  • Abidah & Amatullah Khatun, age 2 and 7 - 'Exquisite illustrations, loveable characters and a heart-warming story - what's not to love about Baby Bird? A lovely story that teaches children (and their parents) to keep on trying even when things aren't going well.'


Baby Bird by Andrew Gibbs

`All birds are born to fly,' thinks Baby Bird, watching the other hatchlings leave the nest. `I suppose it's now or never...'

But one of Baby's wings is twisted and shrunken and not at all like the other one. Instead of flying, Baby plummets to the ground. There, Baby makes a new friend, and learns that sometimes you have to find unexpected ways to achieve your dreams.

A moving story about the power of friendship and the importance of accepting yourself just the way you are, this lovely watercolour picture book shows how friends can help you overcome difficulty.


'a powerful story about friendship & inclusivity...beautifully addresses themes of disability, determination and finding different ways to achieve difficult goals' Just Imagine

'I love it when a beautiful cover draws me into a book - and this cover is simply gorgeous... Zosienka is the illustrator, who so perfectly conveys the emotion of the book through delicate watercolours' text and illustrations combine to bring a strong message of acceptance, perseverance and friendship' Parents in Touch

'A powerful story addressing themes of disability, determination and finding different ways to a achieve difficult goals.' Achuka

'An emotive story about loving yourself, having big dreams and the power of friendship... With sumptuously inky illustrations' PictureBookBlogger

About the Author

Andrew Gibbs is a writer and filmmaker. He lives between London and Cape Town, because he likes the city and the sea. Baby Bird is his debut picture book.

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Book Info


40 pages


Andrew Gibbs
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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

21st February 2018




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