Review: Hootie the Cutie by Michelle Worthington

So, are we all prepped and pumped for Easter? Ready to watch the kids fizz and bubble as all that chocolate makes its way from their wide eyes to their twitchy nervous systems?  In our house this year we’re going totally low key on the chocolate (though possibly overboard on the hot cross buns!) and each of our kids will be getting a book as a gift.  I love a bit of chocolate as much as anyone, but books for Easter last longer, keep the little darlings busy for longer and keep the dentist at bay a little longer, too.  As you finish off your Easter shopping, take a stroll down the book aisle where you’re sure to find loads of stories about bunnies and chicks on offer, along with beautifully illustrated religious books if that’s your thing.

Here’s my favourite of the new release picture books that landed on my review pile this week. Hootie the Cutie is magical, meaningful and sweeter than a mega egg filled with Smarties!

Hootie The Cutie cover imageHootie the Cutie by Michelle Worthington, illustrated by Giuseppe Poli
New Frontier Publishing  RRP$24.99
– Brisbane author
– Magical setting in an enchanted wood
– Message about bravery and each person’s unique abilities
For more information visit New Frontier Publishing

Hootie is the smallest owl in the enchanted woods.  She longs for a chance to show everyone she’s as brave as anyone else, but her loving, protective father won’t quite let her spread her wings.  One day the forest folk hear strange noises coming from an abandoned cave.  They need someone who can squeeze through the tiny gaps in the rocks to solve the mystery!

Hootie the Cutie is brought to life in charming, whimsical illustrations, with a watercolour feel.  Encourage children to seek out fairies, elves and animals messing about in the background of the main narrative.  The simple message is that being small doesn’t mean one cannot also be brave. What’s more, each of us has our own unique skills and abilities – and heroes come in every shape and size.

For a preview, hop on over to the website here where you can read the first few pages and check out the enchanted look and feel of this book.

Wishing you a peaceful and fun filled Easter break!

With thanks to New Frontier Publishing for my review copy. 

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