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The Go-Away Bird by Julia Donaldson – Book Review #bookreview

Not my usual genre, but I felt like a change of pace… here we are :



A gorgeous story about friendship and working together from a star picture-book partnership, the inimitable Julia Donaldson and award-winning Catherine Rayner.

‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest, With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.’ One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . .

The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations from the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Catherine Rayner.

A charming story about the power of friendship from a thrilling creative partnership, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.


What an absolutely delightful story, the fine grey, Go-Away bird, doesn’t want to be bothered by the other birds, they make her dizzy, seedy, and batty…..Go-Away Go-Away…..

But then along comes the Get-You bird, it’s big, brown and scary…what’s going to happen ? Phew, luckily, thanks to the Come-Back bird, the other birds fly back and together they send the Get-You bird on its way. A charming tale of teamwork and friendship, sometimes we just need others for a little help. A beautiful tale with stunning illustrations.

I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book for free in exchange for a fair, unbiased and honest review

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Buy a copy here – due to be published 7 March 2019


Julia Donaldson has written some of the world’s best-loved children’s books, including The Gruffalo and the What the Ladybird Heard adventures. 

She was Children’s Laureate 2011-13 and has an MBE for Services to Literature. Julia and her husband Malcolm divide their time between West Sussex and Edinburgh, and love to travel. 

Julia was very happy to hear the Go-Away bird’s call for herself on a trip to South Africa, but is less keen to meet a hungry Get-You bird. 

Catherine Rayner is an award-winning author and illustrator. She studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, and still lives in the city with her husband and two sons. Catherine was named as one of BookTrust’s ten Best New Illustrators in 2008, and in 2009 she won the prestigious CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.

Catherine loves animals and has a horse, a cat and a goldfish which all inspire her work but, so far, no birds. the Go-away bird is a real bird that lives in Africa. It has smoky grey feathers, a long tail and a crest on its head that can be raised up when the bird is excited. The Go-Away bird makes its nest from thin, often thorny twigs. It is named after its call, which sounds as if it is shouting ‘Go away!’.

But in spite of this, Go-Away birds can sometimes be found in groups of up to 20 or even 30 –so perhaps it is quite friendly after all!

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