The Go-Away Bird

The Go-Away Bird


Illustrated by Catherine Rayner and Written by Julia Donaldson

Published by Macmillan Children’s books March 2019. The paperback version of this book has not yet been published.

‘The Go-Away bird sat up in her nest,
With her fine grey wings and her fine grey crest.’

One by one, the other birds fly into her tree, wanting to talk or to play, but the Go-Away bird just shakes her head and sends them all away. But then the dangerous Get-You bird comes along, and she soon realizes that she might need some friends after all . . .

The Go-Away Bird combines brilliant rhyming verse from much-loved children’s author Julia Donaldson, creator of the bestselling picture books The Gruffalo and What the Ladybird Heard, with stunning illustrations. A charming story about the power of friendship, this beautiful book is perfect for reading together.

Watch Catherine and Julia talking about creating the book (Click Here) - or scroll to the bottom of this page to watch!

Dimensions - 25.5cm x 29cm

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Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, and Catherine Rayner, award-winning illustrator, talk about their brand new picture book, The Go-Away Bird. Find out about what inspired Julia Donaldson to write about Africa's real 'go-away bird' and how Catherine coped with setting the book in just one tree.