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The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head

Written by Daisy Hirst

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LoveReading View on The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head

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 Girl with the Parrot on Her Head Synopsis

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...

The Girl with the Parrot on Her Head Press Reviews

Hirst's beguilingly child-like illustrations give the story an affecting authenticity. The Herald

Like the best books by authors such as John Burningham, it presents the reader with a story that works on different levels. A picture book that really does stand out. Daisy Hirst is a picture book creator to watch. Kate Kellaway The Observer

...a hopeful and endearing story about moving house, making new friends and playing imaginative games. Parent Talk

It is not only a sensitive and engaging picture book but also a very enjoyable story. The Good Book Guide

Hirst's original debut walks a wonderful line between fanciful and realistic, with loose, buoyant art and an offbeat story that finds a child's innermost truth. The New York Times

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406365528
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406352634
Publication date: 05/02/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406365528
Publication date: 7th January 2016
Author: Daisy Hirst
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 40 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Daisy Hirst

Daisy Hirst studied English and Creative Writing at Warwick University and Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art before becoming an author and illustrator.  She won  the Lara Jones award in the Macmillan Prize for The Runaway Baby and her debut picture book, The Girl With the Parrott on Her Head, was selected as The Times' children's book of the week.  Her second book, Alphonse, That Is Not OK to Do!, has been translated into nine different languages worldwide.  Daisy lives Worcester.  

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