Froodle by Antoinette Portis (2014)

froodleOkay everybody move over, make room, we’ve got a new friend joining the team. Little Brown Bird and I have bonded over our mutual love of not sticking to the rules!

All the animals have for a long time stuck to the script. Dogs say, “woof” and cats say “meow”, you know the drill. But one morning Little Brown Bird busts out a surprising, “Froodle sproodle!”

Crow does not find this at all amusing. For a very short time, Little Brown Bird manages to keep it together, but then out pops, “Tiffle biffle, just a little miffle!” And then it spreads. Red birds and white birds join the insanity. The only sensible one left is crow who refuses to say anything other than “caw”. Will crow crack under the pressure? I’ll leave you to find out.

My brother-in-law is a pun-machine, and he would have a field day with this book. The best line being Little Brown Bird’s announcement that, “We’ll mind our peeps and coos!”

Beautifully illustrated and with a great message, this is an excellent story-time choice.

Check out Froodle at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Froodle from Fishpond.


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