Mister Cassowary by Samantha Wheeler

Hello there, winter is making her presence known down here in New Zealand!! The few animals you do see out and about only come out for food and go right back home!! A bit like how we were during our lockdown period!! The story for this post is about an Australian bird, a somewhat large one… I don’t intend on meeting up with this creature anytime soon…but if you want to find out…check out my review below!

Mister Cassowary in red and yellow letters at top across blue background. road sign in yellow with black bird silhouette inside. bottom yellow ground with claw prints in black.
An interesting story

Title: Mister Cassowary

Author: Samantha Wheeler

Genre: Fiction – contemporary (Australia)

Publication details: University of Queensland Press; Queensland, 2015

ISBN: 978070225381 (Paperback) 

9780702256202  (ebook)

What this book is about: Flynn and his dad arrive at his Grandad Barney’s banana farm to discover a mystery along with some strange dinosaur-like birds called cassowaries that make his dad scared. His dad doesn’t explain his fear. After Flynn meets local girl Abby and discovers two orphaned cassowaries, the mystery deepens. Can Flynn find out the truth about his grandad and the cassowaries before it’s too late? 

My review: What a delightful read!! Told in 16 chapters, I think this would be perfect for any struggling reader!! A good story about the endangered species of bird in Australia similar to the emu. Samatha Wheeler spun an interesting mystery here with young Flynn and Abby and gave us some fascinating information about cassowaries along the way. I liked how she paced out the book and brought the mystery to light at the end. I enjoyed learning how the author had started this as a science project for her kids. The information at the back gives you up to date information about the cassowary. Until reading this I hadn’t heard about these flightless birds in Australia, just the emu. A lovely story for all animal lovers!!

My rating: 4 ⭐

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