Mad Magpie by Gregg Dreise
Published by Magabala Books
The cheeky butcher birds always tease Guluu and he is becoming a very mad magpie.
When Guluu heeds the advice of his Elders and ignores the birds, they just laugh at him.
But Guluu tries again … and this time he stands proudly at the riverbank and remembers how he used to sing when he was having a bad day.
Guluu the mad magpie was angry. He was so angry that he would swoop down and peck the other animals on their heads. When the Elders asked Guluu why he was always 'munjerible', he said he was angry because the butcher birds teased him. Author & illustrator, Gregg Dreise has written a compelling story that follows Guluu as he tries again and again to act the way his Elders have told him, to stop the bullies. The Elders' wise words to "stay calm like the water" and to "be powerful like the water's current" take some practice, but Guluu finds a way.
The story of Mad Magpie is powerful one. Children will relate to the story with open hearts as they recognise the teasing by the butcher birds is the same as the teasing they may have seen or felt in their own lives at some point. Gregg Dreise's colourful illustrations embrace the traditional indigenous style and add an eye-catching dimension to the morality tale.
The very last sentence of Mad Magpie is potent, "They worked together to stop bullying."
CKT Book Reviewer
Author/Illustrator: Gregg Dreise
Title: Mad Magpie
Publisher: Magabala Books
Published: May 2016