Recipient of the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize for Illustration, Nicholas John Frith goes from strength to strength on his second picture book, Hello, Mr Dodo! A delicious tropical palette featuring banana yellows, Hawaiian blues and jungle greens around the sketchy black drawings work to beautiful effect; it’s at once retro and totally fresh. It tells the sweet story of Martha, a little girl who is cuckoo about birds, who makes a surprising discovery in the woods behind her house when she finds a bird she believed to be extinct! The Dodo can’t fly, or play cards but Martha and the Dodo are soon the best of friends, but when she accidentally lets her secret slip she has to find a way to make her Dodo disappear.
Beautiful artwork and stunning design make this picture book an absolute joy. Genuinely delightful.