Froodle by Antoinette Portis
Everyone knows that cats say “Meow” and dogs bark. The birds is the neighborhood all sand their specific song too. The little brown bird sang “Peep” every day, all seasons. Until one day, the little bird decided that she wanted to sing something else. Something silly! The big black crow did not think this was funny at all. The little brown bird tried to go back to singing just “Peep” again, but she just couldn’t stop the silly words from slipping out. Soon the silliness was spreading and the red bird started saying things too. Then Dove proved that there could be silly white birds too. The only one who would not be silly was the very serious Crow. But we all know that silliness is very contagious!
Clever, clever, clever. This book takes a very simple premise of one little bird being silly one day and wanting to do something unique and different, and then shows how one small change can have larger ripple effects on a community. The tone throughout is pure cheer and laughter. The words that all of the birds come up with are ridiculous and great fun to read aloud. Children will enjoy working these and other nonsense words into their day.
The illustrations for the book were done in pencil, charcoal and ink with the color added digitally. The result is a book with a traditional feel mixed with a modern spin. The colors are flat and bright, the textures give depth, and the birds themselves pop on the backgrounds.
Silly, funny and a delight to read aloud, this book is pure oobly snoobly fun. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from library copy.