In Little Books with Big Hearts

Mad Magpie

Mad Magpie book cover

‘For anyone who has ever been picked on – stay calm like the surface of the water, yet strong like its current. And know that there is a song out there for you’, writes author/illustrator Gregg Dreise.

In this beautifully illustrated Australian picture book an angry magpie called Guluu, who lived during the Dreamtime, way back before ‘once-upon-a-time time’, learns how to stay calm when he is teased by a group of butcher birds.

This is Gregg’s third book in a series of morality tales, sharing the wisdom of his elders. Gregg is a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Yuwalayaay people of south-west QLD and north-west NSW and the story includes words in the Gamilaraay language. A great book for talking to children about bullying, finding your voice, staying calm and standing strong.

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Mad Magpie
Author/Illustrator: Gregg Dreise
Publisher: Magabala Books
Published: 2016
Country: Australia

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