Saturday 29 July 2023

Stillwater and Koo Save the World

Stillwater and Koo Save the World by Jon J Muth (Scholastic) PB RRP $17.95 ISBN 9781338812312

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Koo is a little panda with deep thoughts and big feelings. Stillwater is Koo’s kind, calm, and wise uncle. Koo is worried about the state of the world and wants to fix everything. At breakfast, Koo tells Uncle Stillwater about their aspirations to save the world. Stillwater encourages Koo to make a difference by starting where they are… by being kind to themselves, their family, animals, and neighbours.

Stillwater and Koo Save the World is an uplifting picture book that highlights the fact that every act of kindness, big or small, helps to make the world a better place. The beautiful tale and full-colour pencil and watercolour illustrations would appeal to an audience aged 4 years and older. Its themes include kindness, wellbeing, feelings, and values. An added feature of the narrative is that Koo only speaks in haiku, which is a great introduction to short form poetry for a young audience.

Stillwater and Koo Save the World is the first book in an upcoming series of four. Stillwater also features in Jon J Muth’s award-winning Zen book series and an animated children’s TV series.

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