Saturday, 26 April 2014

Review: The Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Format: Large hardcover
Released: April 10th, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Peep awakes one morning to the sound of a beautiful song - but where is it coming from? It's the Dawn Chorus! And Peep is desperate to sing with them. But no matter how hard he tries, he just can't make it happen. Little does Peep know, he's just about to meet someone very special who will show him just how enchanting nightingales like him can be...


I'm sure I'm starting to sound like a broken record by now, but I just LOVE picture books! I've always been a fan of art work, and picture books are art combined with words - genius, aren't they? The Dawn Chorus is another string to Bloomsbury's bow, and is all about a little nightingale bird who just wants to sing.

The Dawn Chorus is a little different to other picture books I've read, mainly because the text doesn't rhyme and the illustrations aren't as busy. They're simpler but still effective, which is a nice change of pace. Sometimes a more understated approach is better, and Suzanne Barton proves that here. It's still easy to read and should prove a great starting point as children get older and want to read by themselves.

Along with truly fantastic (and cute) illustrations, The Dawn Chorus also features a genuinely lovely story. Peep just wants to fit in and sing with the newly-discovered Dawn Chorus of birds, but he either missed his early morning audition or is too tired. Everything changes for him when he meets another nightingale at night, and learns more about himself than he has before. It's all about being yourself and finding your strengths, which should prove a valuable lesson for young readers.

This book is Suzanne Barton's children's debut, and I think she's done a brilliant job. It's the kind of book my mum would have read to me when I was little; a book full of birds and sun and song. I hope it does well and that there'll be more picture books from this author very soon - she deserves to have a long and illustrious career!

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