Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
A picture book from Derek Desierto about a bird who doesn’t fit in…at first!
It’s SO hot outside. All the fancy birds are gathered around the water, wishing they could cool off. But they don’t want to get wet and ruin their fine feathers.
Oddbird isn’t worried about his feathers; he wants to go for a refreshing dip. But he doesn’t fit in. He’s not fancy, or colorful. He’s just…different. The other birds don’t want him around. How can he join them?
Oddbird’s story is one all readers will relate to, and ultimately celebrate.
About: Oddbird is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Derek Desierto. It was recently published on 5/25/2021 by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are children’s book, picture book, and birds. This book is the author’s debut and it’s intended for readers ages 2 to 5. According to the publisher’s website, “Feiwel and Friends is a publisher of innovative children’s fiction and nonfiction literature, including hardcover, paperback series, and individual titles. The imprint is dedicated to “book by book” publishing, bringing the work of distinctive and outstanding authors, illustrators, and ideas to the marketplace. Feiwel and Friends is defined and guided by our principle: Our books are friends for life.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Oddbird for my daughter right after I unbox the package on 6/6/2021 and we finished it in one sitting. We read it again on 6/8/2021. This book was great and the colors were eye catching. The illustrations of the birds were unique and we couldn’t help but stare at them a bit longer when we read. My daughter liked to point out the colors she knew. I liked that the birds were all different sizes, shapes, and colors. I liked how Oddbird expressed his acceptance of how he was and that other birds shouldn’t make it as their problem by the way he looked.
This book started with how hot the jungle was. Many birds flocked to the swimming pool, but they only stood around the edges. They didn’t want to go into the water because they wanted to keep their beautiful feathers from getting frizzy. Then a new bird arrived and he went straight for the pool. All eyes were on him instantly. His feathers were colorless. All of the other birds basically told him to get lost because he was different. Oddbird flew away feeling unhappy and unsure why it mattered to others what he looked like. In the jungle with colors around him, Oddbird had a bright idea!
Oddbird was well written and illustrated. I just loved the pop of colors on every page. The story of Oddbird being different from everyone reminded me of Ugly Duckling and The Red Nose Reindeer. This book can help kids relate themselves to Oddbird because some readers might be left handed, short, tall, skinny, husky, etc. It takes a bit of creativity to get others to accept Oddbird in this case. In real life, a lot of efforts were in place before people accepted LGBT. I enjoyed reading the author’s note about how the idea for this book was born. Another excellent picture book for kids and I highly recommend everyone to read it.
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: picture book, birds, animals, colorful, swimming pool
About the Author and Illustrator:
Derek Desierto, illustrator of Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes, is a Vancouver-based illustrator, designer, and overall nice guy from a nice family. His animation work has been recognized by the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the National Cartoonist Society, and 9 Story Media Group. Currently, he is living the dream as a freelance artist for animated TV shows and picture books. His ultimate goal in life is to meet Oprah and become one of her Favorite Things. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website. Book photos obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.