This twelfth book in Bob Darroch’s ‘Little Kiwi’ series delivers everything the title Little Kiwi has a forest feast suggests: a delicious spread of words, illustrations and storyline. The skilfully crafted plot weaves the theme of friendship into the setting of New Zealand's bush and birds, and their food sources – from morepork to blue duck, from kakapo to fantail we learn about the birds’ favourite treats.
The book starts with sad news – Little Kiwi had a cold, just like you and I get. His nose was blocked; for a Kiwi bird a sure disaster: Kiwi couldn’t smell, so Kiwi couldn’t find worms, so Kiwi was hungry. And just like when our noses are blocked, Little Kiwi’s sounds didn’t come out right: ‘I’ve got a cold’ sounded like ‘I’b got a colt’. This sparked an odd rumour: Kiwi would be leaving the bush on his horse. Really?
The birds of the bush became curious and also worried. Why would Little Kiwi leave the bush using a horse? But when the birds learned the truth they decided to help. Little Kiwi suddenly had lots to eat: ‘And now dat you’re all ‘ere, you’d bedder ‘elp me ead id.’ Let the feast begin!
Title: Little Kiwi has a forest feast
Author: Bob Darroch
Illustrator: Bob Darroch
Publisher: Picture Puffin
Date of Publication: July 2017
Reviewer: Gerlinde Maria Andraschko
School: Taipa Area School, Taipa