By: Catherine Cheung(Author), Kim DeVantier(Author), Suzanne Bloomfield(Illustrator)
32 pages, colour illustrations
Beautifully illustrated, Fussy Glossies tells the adventures of Calypto and his Glossy Black-Cockatoo friends, their narrow escapes from bush fires, logging and poaching, their fussy eating habits and "loving" nature. The book is a celebration of the beauty of Australia's native flora and fauna and a reminder of their fragility.
"It certainly is a great little book woven with conservation messages and beautifully illustrated by Susanne Bloomfield. Thanks to you and all your team involved."
- Valda McLean, Convenor of Noosa Parks Association Bird Observers' Group
"[...] after one reading of this story [...] to my four-year-old daughter, Fussy Glossies became an instant hit and is regularly requested at bed time. I think the secret is giving the individual birds names and having them speak directly to the reader. Such anthropomorphic narrative devices may have the hardened scientists tut-tutting but it takes the young reader into the world of this threatened species, allowing them to empathise with their plight in a direct manner. My daughter fell in love with the beautifully illustrated Gabu, Garadi and their friends. (And the added touch of scatological humour didn't go unappreciated either!) Surely, this is what children's natural history literature should do – allow the child to open up to the wonder of the creatures that they share this planet with."
- Sean Dooley, editor of Australian Birdlife, December issue
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