Sunday 17 September 2023

Who’s the Gang on Our Street?

Who’s the Gang on Our Street? by Susanne Gervay, illustrated by Nancy Bevington (Big Sky Publishing) HB RRP $19.99 ISBN: 9781922896803

Reviewed by Dannielle Viera

A ‘special gang’ lives on a suburban street in Australia. The members don’t kick balls, bang on instruments or eat birthday cake, but they do play games, ‘rock to the beat’ and nibble on ‘squishy bananas’. Who are they? Friends go in search of the gang and find a colony of sulphur-crested cockatoos.

Susanne Gervay’s snappy narrative non-fiction text swoops through a flock of fabulous facts about cockatoos before young readers realise that they’re learning something. Kids aged seven to twelve will squawk with delight when they solve the mystery of the gang’s identity. At the end of the book, there is information and a quiz for those who want to know more.

The flashy parrots in this picture book call for bright and dynamic illustrations, and Nancy Bevington’s cartoon-like images certainly fit the bill. If littlies look for long enough, they’ll spy the feathered creatures peeking at them from every scene. The diversity among the child characters is also brilliant to behold.

Colourful and creative, Who’s the Gang on Our Street? offers a unique way to discover one of Australia’s most iconic birds. Kids will get a kick out of the cockatoos’ antics, and develop a new appreciation for their local fauna.

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