Ford Street, 2020
32pp., pbk., RRP $A16.95
High up in the Cloud Tower, the little Quig stared at the world way below him. As his brothers and sisters rolled out of their eggs, they did the same, quickly learning to use their clever tails and powerful fins to climb and clamber over the tower. But the little Quig didn’t join in because his tail was stumpy, not clever, and his fins were thin and wrinkly, not powerful. And he was afraid of the open spaces around and beneath him.
So he sat and watched the others, trying to pluck up the courage to jump too, and enduring their torments because he was so different. But one day when their taunts got too much, he did jump. And discovered something amazing…
If there was a signature book for this year’s Book Week theme of Curious Creatures, Wild Minds then this has to be it! For Stumpy the Quig is indeed a curious creature and he does have a wild mind. But he is also resilient and is not daunted about being different, which is the central theme. He may not be the same as the other Quigs but he has other talents that are probably going to make them very jealous when they are revealed!
Whenever I get a book by Andrew Plant to review, I know I’m going to get a beautifully illustrated, unique story and this is no different. It is made for sharing and discussing.