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Cuckoo! by Fiona Roberton was sent to me by the Amazon Vine programme in exchange for my honest opinion of the book.

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This is a charming picture book about difference, friendship and acceptance.

Cuckoo is hatched, and although his mother and siblings love him they cannot understand him. Where they cheep and tweet, he can only say ‘cuckoo’.  Cuckoo wanders around, meeting other animals and trying to communicate with them, but it is no good. Nobody else says ‘cuckoo’.

In desperation, Cuckoo goes to school to learn other languages, but really can’t get his head around them.

Eventually Cuckoo finds a friend who speaks his language in a most unexpected place.

This is a sweet story, simply told. It has sparse but extremely cute illustrations and Cuckoo is an adorable character.

Any sentiment is nicely cut through with some lovely humour. I particularly liked the school, where everyone is diligently learning to speak sheep.

The book is suitable for children aged between about two and six.  It would be lovely to use in school to talk about friendships and how we can communicate with each other.

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