Magpies need Marie Kondo-ing in this hilarious and very relatable picture book.
After laying four precious eggs in their newly built nest, magpies Meg and Ash decide to decorate it with some things to make it the absolute best. There’s lots of things to be found too; cuckoo clocks, socks, plastic pegs, a teddy bear, fairy lights, a pram and even a car. But as the nest becomes ever bigger and more precarious, the magpies might just find out the hard way that they have too much stuff…
In a world of excessive consumerism, Emily Gravett serves up a fun and playful woodland tale that explores the problems of having ‘too much stuff.’ Hugely entertaining, readers will thoroughly enjoy the antics of the two magpies who just quite simply do not know when to stop and whose collecting of bigger and bigger objects has hilarious and near disastrous results.
Humour, warmth, wit and charm fill every page of this clever, amusing and thought-provoking story that will have readers giggling from start to finish. I imagine many children will very much see themselves in the magpies and will be thinking all of the possessions they have in their own nests.
With fun and flowing rhyming prose and a cast of gorgeous woodland animals, it is a truly irresistible read that delivers important and timely messages. Knowing when enough is enough, reusing and repurposing, giving and sharing, and the problems with the desire to always have more all shine in a delightful eco-themed story. The magpies ultimately learning that the safety and nurturing of their chicks is far more important than material possessions. There’s even some helpful friends on hand to make use of the things that the birds no longer need.
It is worth reading for the endpapers alone that are filled with an another fabulous creation by Gravett, ‘STUFF magazine’, which advertises everything from a chocolate teapot to the softest sox to cleaning products - all of which the magpies collect for their nest. The clever Gravett has even snuck in a lesson on the 4 R’s of recycling and a call to borrow books from the local library, she’s popped some of her own books onto the shelves too.
Recommended for 4+.