Nicholas John Frith, author and illustrator of Hector and Hummingbird, is back with Hello, Mr. Dodo! Martha is a keen bird watcher. She knows each and every bird in the woods behind her house—Mr Blackbird, Mr Woodpecker, Mrs Sparrow—but one day she spots a bird she doesn’t recognise. “It was really funny-looking. And big, too. The biggest bird that Martha had ever seen.” She discovers the bird’s identity in her many bird books. A dodo?! Aren’t they supposed to be extinct? Martha keeps her dodo a secret, and they become the best of friends, until the secret slips off Martha’s tongue. What is Mr Dodo’s fate? You’ll have to read this one to find out.
Like Martha’s home, our house borders with bush. We often sit on our deck and do a bit of bird spotting. If we happened upon a dodo, we too would share Martha’s excitement. Mr Dodo is a quirky character, as many other dodos represented in children’s literature are, with their rotund bodies, bulbous bills, and bright colouring. Frith’s colour palette is selective yet flamboyant. Vivid citrus tones, a brilliant blue, all contrasted against black. Hello, Mr. Dodo! is a sweet tale exhibiting friendship and the tenderness of children.