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The Go-Away Bird by Julia Donaldson #Review #Children’s #Teachers

Title: The Go-Away Bird

Author: Julia Donaldson

Illustrator: Catherine Rayner

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Pages:  32

Published: March 7th, 2019

Rating: 4/5   

Just look how cross the bird on the cover of this book appears to be! This is another fantastic children’s book from this highly talented duo. It is engaging, entertaining, educational and, most of all, a fun read that children really enjoy. The beautiful illustrations enhance the story and promote the engagement of youngsters whether they can read or not. The repetitive lines in the story encourage children to join in with the telling of the story, something many children love.

The story is essentially that there is a bird who is called ‘The Go Away Bird’ because that is what it says to any other birds trying to visit, regardless of the reason for that visit. However, when the ‘Get You’ bird threatens to get the Go Away bird it discovers that friends really can help you and shouldn’t always be sent away.

I enjoyed the story and was intrigued by the factual information after it. It was a delightful read, one that I believe children will enjoy sharing with a grown up until they are able to read it independently – and even then they’ll enjoy sharing it with others! A fun read with an inspirational message that I have no hesitation in highly recommending.

I requested and was given a copy of this book, via NetGalley. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.


A gorgeous story about friendship and working together from a star picture-book partnership, the bestselling 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.

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