by Peter Millett
Illustrations by Shaun Yeo
I knew I just had to read this perky book.
It’s the delightful cover art that first drew me; a pair of moa and a couple of kiwi excited about their adventure into the unknown, and old Noah and his vision of a brand new future where two of each creature would survive in a new land.
It’s a Kiwi adaptation of the Bible story about Noah’s ark, and the rhyming is quick and catchy.
Throughout these colourful pages, the animal’s expressions convey their excitement. Like when the ark beaches in some new and distant land.
One such land is hot and while all the animals are eager to escape the confines of the ark, Noah gently says, “It’s too hot for you.” And the pair of moa and the couple of kiwi have to stay on board.
Looking on glumly, they stay behind and can only watch as the zebras, lions, elephants, snakes and tropical birds set belly, foot and feather on their new homeland, slithering, walking or flying up the beach.
Noah and his remaining animals set off again into the ocean blue to find another land. But when they arrive, and the seals and penguins are eager to escape the confines of the ark, Noah says to the moa and the kiwi, “It’s too cold for you.” And they have to stay on board.
So once again, looking on glumly, they stay behind and can only watch as the seals and penguins slither and slide up the icy beaches.
But now, they’re feeling sad, as the ark heads back out to sea; this time the sea is not welcoming them. It’s blustery and cold, and choppy with huge, peaked grey waves. They’re all feeling quite sick.
Then out of the blue comes a white feathered bird; a seagull.
“Follow me, Noah,” he squawks, before leading the way to a land that is beautiful beyond belief. Not too cold. Not too hot. Just perfect for a pair of moa and a couple of kiwi.
From start to finish, this book is truly delightful. And the book is beautifully presented.
Author: Peter Millett. Illustrations: Shaun Yeo