Zelda’s Big Adventure By Marie Alafaci and Shane McG
Published by Allen and Unwin
Zelda the hen has big dreams - dreams as big as space itself. She wants to be the first chook out there – in space. So she plans and she potters and she’s off. Everyone agrees that it’s the most interesting thing that has ever happened in their yard- but did anyone help Zelda in her quest?
Told with warmth and humour, Zelda’s tale is relatable for young and old alike. The big, bold and colourful full-page digital-style illustrations make great use of shifting perspectives and add to the quirky humour of the story. Zelda is one undaunted chook, and generous to boot.
I enjoyed the subtle traces of the two famous hens in moral fables from my childhood and how Zelda subverted them. Like The Little Red Hen, Zelda couldn’t find anyone to help her but her friends all want to stake a claim in the end, however with Zelda, Alafaci resists heavy moralising. Unlike Henny Penny, Zelda isn’t about to be fooled that they sky is falling – instead she’s going to explore the outer limits of the world.
Themes of perseverance, self reliance, friendship and forgiveness within an outrageous chook story make this book a delight from the sparkling cover to the inter-galactic endpapers.
A humorous, space age re-telling of The Little Red Hen, with twist of generosity.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Marie Alafaci
Illustrator: Shane McG
Title: Zelda’s Big Adventure
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
Published: July 2016