Mini Review: The Cockatoo from Timbuktu by William A.E Ford #Childrens #IndieAuthor

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You guys… this book is SO FREAKING CUTE!!! Honestly, it’s hard not to gush because this little illustrated gem made my week. I’m not exaggerating (okay.. I am a little) but it’s truly a delightfully heart-warming and wholesome story of a little cockatoo’s search for his Mum and Dad. How can you not want a dose of goodness in your day with this book? Even if you’re old… even if you don’t have kids… this is worth the read. It’s adorably feel-good and one that I’ll be happily re-reading when I need a sweet pick me up!

Join Kian the cockatoo on his adventures around the world!

Can a childhood song about a shining star help him find his way home?

From the Great Barrier Reef to the Great Wall of China to New York City, wonders of the world are explored delightfully in this epic journey!

First off… I’m just going to admit that I literally have nothing bad to say about this book. I’m not being nice. I’m being honest. It’s so freaking sweet and adorable and just gave me ALL THE (HAPPY) FEELS!

Not only was the story a cute take on adventure and travel but it also included A MAP at the start and end. It was gorgeously done and showed a complete flight path of little Kian on his journey home. It’s such a great way to not only summarise the story but act as an educational aid for younger readers. As well as this there were ‘Fun Facts’ at the end which I thought was a nice little addition!

My hands-down favourite aspect of this story though were the graphics. As someone who enjoys reading graphic novels I find picture books to be quite enjoyable in their illustrative nature and wholesome themes. This book delivered on all of those aspects and quite a few more including: good rhyming (not overly cheesy or complex) and very good pace. Yes, even short stories can have pacing issues. The swift, repetitive flight of Kian on his journey home was easy to fall in to and the inclusion of illustrations of iconic landmarks as well as Kian’s outfits for the weather made me so happy! It was adorably sweet!

If you’re looking for a mid-week quick fix to cheer you up – then this is what you’re after!


9 thoughts on “Mini Review: The Cockatoo from Timbuktu by William A.E Ford #Childrens #IndieAuthor

  1. Omg this looks absolutely adorable and I love the fact that the title even rhymes! This looks like such a joy to read 😍 Awesome review, Jen! I’ll definitely keep this one in mind as a gift for my friends’ kiddos 🙂


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