Little Gems – Budgie

by Joseph Coelho

On Sale: 04/06/2023

Little Gems – Budgie

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Little Gems – Budgie

by Joseph Coelho

illustrated by David Barrow

On Sale: 04/06/2023


About the Book

A missing budgie inspires an unlikely friendship between a young boy and his elderly neighbour in this touching Little Gem from award-winner and Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho.

Mr Buxton is always having a go at Miles and his friends for climbing the trees outside their tower block. Miles thinks he’s just a grumpy old man but when he finds a lost little budgie, Miles also discovers that he and Mr Buxton have more in common than he could ever have imagined.

Critical Praise

"This moving and lyrical story is pitched perfectly at young readers. It is short and accessible, yet full of empathy and compassion, with beautiful illustrations. Pippin shines brightly out of the artwork, echoing the brightness he brings to everyone’s lives." – BookTrust

"I did not expect the plot of this lovely book to go the way it did, and it was such a beautiful thing." – Lesley Parr, author

"A beautifully crafted, poetic and poignant story" – The Guardian

"A beautifully rounded story full of his hallmark humanity and love of nature." – LoveReading4Kids

“Joseph Coelho and David Barrow have created something wonderful. And ‘reluctant reader’ experts Barrington Stoke have preserved all of the soft beauty & textures of Joseph’s prose.” – Letterbox Library

"A touching tale about discovery, loss and friendship … The imagery is wonderful, perfectly illustrated by David Barrow. Joseph Coelho’s rich and poetic vocabulary allows you to almost feel the soft feathers of the budgie in your own hands. This is a well-written, very accessible story that gently looks at death, socio-economic difference, aspiration and love in all its forms." – The English Association

"Gently introduces the topics of grief and death to young readers, and shows how empathy is formed." – Peters, Recommended Year 3 Class Read


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781800901407
  • ISBN 10: 1800901402
  • Imprint: Barrington Stoke
  • On Sale: 04/06/2023
  • Pages: 96
  • List Price:12.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Pets
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Readers / Beginner
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship

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