The Cuckoo written by Gary Crew & Illustrated by Naomi Turvey
Published by Ford Street Publishing
Gary Crew’s latest venture is an eerie tale of loss, guilt and acceptance. Through poetic and melodic prose, Crew tells the story of Martin, the runt of the family, who runs away to live with the birds to escape his family’s ridicule. But bushfires have ravaged the land and the birds are looking for new sources of food…
Newcomer Naomi Turvey’s illustrations are beautifully crafted and perfectly matched to Crew’s story. In haunting shades of black, grey and blue, Turvey’s use of detail is exquisite.
In The Cuckoo, Crew explores the themes of life, death and love. It is a moral tale, warning the reader of the dangers of arrogance and the importance of nurturing and love. It is a must-read for older readers, though the subject matter may be too heavier for slightly younger eyes.
Crew has not disappointed with his latest book, which will undoubtedly bring him more acclaim as one of Australia’s most prolific children’s writers.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Gary Crew
Illustrator: Naomi Turvey
Title: The Cuckoo
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
Published: April 2014