Kid’s Book Review: Budgie

Kid’s Book Review: Budgie

About the Book and Author and Illustrator

A lost little budgie brings together a young neighbour and his seemingly grumpy older neighbour in this touching illustrated story for emerging independent readers.

Mr Buxton is always having a go at Miles and his friends for climbing the trees outside their tower block. Miles thinks he’s just a grumpy old man but when he finds a lost little budgie, Miles also discovers that he and Mr Buxton have more in common than he could ever have imagined.

Joseph Coelho

We have been fans of Joseph Coelho long before he was Children’s Laureate. He is best known for his love of poetry he is also an author and script writer. His love for language is infectious and children insticitly respond well to his enthusiasm and brilliant use of the written and spoken word. Find out more about Joe on the Book Trust website.

David Barrow graduated in 2015, winning the Sebastian Walker Award for most promising student, and is now living the dream making picture books as his proper full-time job! His first book, Have You Seen Elephant?, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.

Book Review

I liked looking at the pictures throughout the book

Cedar: I really liked the book, but I did think it was a sad one as I didn’t like that the budgie died. As I enjoyed the chapters of Pippin flying around the flat with all his colours. I liked the story of the boy climbing trees and at the end with the old man his favourite tree was a Cedar tree. Mary the little sister reminded me of my little sister because she is 4. I liked looking at the pictures throughout the book and that they were colourful, and it didn’t take too long to read with mum.

Mum: A lovely easy read. Read with my 6 and 4 year old. Which opened up lots of questions, feelings and emotions about death, marriage, diversity and differences. We enjoyed the short chapters and pictures on every other page to see what each page was describing. Another book you could easily return to, to re read again and again.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Cedar
  • Age: 6 years
  • Likes: Riding my bike, monster trucks and Lego
  • Dislikes: Spiders and vegetables
  • Favourite Book: The Ugly Five by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • Favourite Film: Sing 2