Friday, April 3, 2020

"Fussy Flamingo" - a bookwrap


Fussy Flamingo

Authored by Shelly Vaughan
Illustrated by Matthew Rivera

* Ages:  4-8
* Grades:  1-3
* Hardcover:  40 pages
* Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
* Pub. Date:  August 7, 2020
* Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Wonderful Illustrations

The Book 

Do you know why flamingos are blush pink in colour?  It's because of their steady diet of shrimp.  Lola, a young flamingo, is convinced that she hates shrimp (although she has not tasted any) and stubbornly sneaks away from her parents to find alternatives to her diet. 

Mami and Papi flamingo try to encourage her to at least try a shrimp but Lola flatly refuses.  She wanders away and dines on an avocado which turns her feathers green, pepino melons which change her colour to bright yellow and a dragon fruit which turns her a hideous electric pink.  Picky-eater Lola learns a valuable lesson - what she  eats has dire consequences on her outward appearance.  Oh my!  Can her parents convince her to at least try a sample?  Who knows?  Lola may actually like shrimp and if she does her feathers will turn that lovely soft blush pink like the rest of the flamingos around her. 

The message of the book is to encourage little ones to try a variety of foods and not assume they don't like something before giving it a go. The illustrations are quirky, colourful and fun.  The book has a trove of opportunities for add on activities such as: trying new foods,  learning colours, enjoying word repetition and learning more about flamingos, just to name a few.  The author has included "Flamingo Facts" at the back of the book for those readers who want to learn more about these unique birds.  I highly recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!

Meet the Author

Shelly Vaughan James, long a word nerd, has worked as a magazine editor, book editor, copywriter, copy editor and freelance writer. As a cookbook author, she tempted folks to enjoy all sorts of delicious foods. She encourages all children to taste the foods their parents ask them to eat-you never want to miss out on a new favorite! Shelly lives in Ohio with her family. You can follow her on Twitter and find more at

About the Illustrator

Matthew Rivera earned his bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Arizona. After many years of being an art director for corporations and toy makers, he now writes and draws pictures for a living. His favorite bird is the flamingo but he is definitely not a picky eater. Thankfully, he's never turned green from guacamole. He lives in Portland.

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