Mozzie and Midgie is the creation of much loved Australian author Doug Macleod and established visual artist Sandy Okalyi.
This is a story which tackles self-esteem and individuality with the help of two great characters. Mozzie and Midgie are two spoonbills who were getting on with things quite nicely until a rather rude parrot squawks,
"There's nothing beautiful
or special about you."
To overcome their sadness Mozzie hatches a series of comical plans in an attempt to change their appearances. The plot involves the observation of a series of fabulous animals from the region - soldier crabs, octopus and crimson bellied flying fish - all of whom help Mozzie and Midgie adopt a different look.
Of course, it is mum who comes along in the end to point out the obvious - with a great bit of humour. Plus it's safe to say parrot isn't allowed to get away with its rudeness either - a great ending which I urge you to discover for yourself.
Sandy Okalyi's illustrations are a real highlight of this picture book - her depiction of the spoonbills is simply yet incredibly effective. We loved the fish scales page, it drew many giggles - the gorgeous colour and wide eyes certainly contributed to that response!
With several sentences on each page, this is suitable for those ready for a slightly more detailed picture story. The story pattern encourages young listeners to enjoy predicting Midgie's response to each each of Mozzie's ideas.
Mozzie and Midgie made the short list for the Crichton Award for Illustration, part of the CBCA Awards 2012. Check out the other nominees here.
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