Milkbaby's grandma, Annemarie Florian, just published her seventh book, Kea: Curiouser and Curiouser. I asked Milkbaby (now 9 years old) to review it.
Who would like this book and what is it about?
This book is for people who like birds. Kea are one of the smartest birds, also when they play they get smarter.
One of the interesting things was kea could open windows and turn on taps and chew through hoses.
The illustrations gave me lots of ideas about how the kea are always curious.
People who want to know about kea will be interested in reading this book.
Is this book fiction or non-fiction?
This book is non-fiction. Except when the keas talk, they tell us true things too.
The kea talk is in larger text, and then the information is smaller.
You could just read the kea talk - and that's funny.
And you could read all about kea to learn about how they live and what dangers there are for them.
I think this book is good for 7, 8, 9 and 10 year olds.
The fourth in a series of books about NZ native animals, Kea: Curiouser and Curiouser is narrative non-fiction, with an easy-read tale running through the book, accompanied by fascinating facts about kea. The illustrations are engaging and perfectly capture the alpine habitat of the kea, as well as their playful and inquisitive nature. Both Milkbaby and The Sailor (now 5) enjoy Kea, with some laugh-out-loud moments as they revel in the mischievousness of the kea. And the good news is that if you're having one of those days where you just wish everyone would just go the fuck to sleep, you can quickly read the story without reading the factoids, and it's a perfectly enjoyable (and short!) frolic through the Southern Alps.