By: Dan Ojari and Mikey Please
Illustrated by: Briony May Smith
Published: November 2, 2021
Publisher: Red Comet Press
Even though there is a Christmas tree in this story, this is one that can be read and loved any time of year. A baby robin is adopted by a mouse family after falling into their burrow. As the mouse family raises Robin, they teach her all about mousing, but not much about birding. They love to sneak into the Who-man’s house to get all the delicious crumbs. On Robin’s first adventure, Robin finds that she is not very good at being sneaky, especially with a cat in the house.
Robin is determined to help her family and chooses to sneak back into the Who-men’s house all on her own. When danger lurks, Magpie swoops in to help and gives her the best idea of all, to just be herself! Robin will remind kids that it’s ok to be a little different, to find the good things about yourself, and stop wishing to be something or someone else.
Even though Robin is far from a mouse, she doesn’t realize that she has wings instead of paws and just wants to contribute to her family by gathering crumbs as they do. The illustrations and varied characters make this a fun read-aloud with lots of onomatopeias and silly character mishaps.
This is an endearing family story and one I am sure kids will want to read over and over again. Don’t miss the Netflix special as well. Click HERE to read an article about the upcoming Netflix special “Robin Robin” set to stream on November 27.
See the official trailer below:
Dan Ojari and Mikey Please are co-founders of the BAFTA® Award-winning Parabella animation studio which is based in East London. They co-directed Robin Robin, the first production in association with Aardman and produced exclusively for Netflix. Together they authored an adaptation of the script of the Robin Robin holiday special to create the book. They both live in London. Learn more about Mikey Please at mikeyplease.co.uk and Dan Ojari at www.danojari.com.
Briony May Smith is a British illustrator who has published titles in the US and the UK, including Stardust, written by Jeanne Willis (Nosy Crow, 2019). She also wrote and illustrated Imelda and the Goblin King (Flying Eye Books, 2015) and Margaret’s Unicorn (Schwartz and Wade, 2020), a Fall 2020 Indie Kids’ Next List selection. She lives in Devon, England. Learn more atbrionymaysmith.com.
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