Martha loves birds, so one day when she meets and makes friends with a Dodo, a species supposed to be extinct, in the woods behind her house, she resolves to keep him secret to keep him safe–but sometimes it is hard to keep a big secret.
If my three-year-old was going to that famous desert island where you only get three books, she might choose to bring this one twice. I like the book a lot, but it’s her love for it that really pushes it over the top for me. The story is fun and engaging–maybe a little lacking for me, but like I said, she loves it. We agree completely, however, on the illustrations: they’re an explosion of color that effectively blends a vintage style with a modern color palate. Each page contains the perfect amount of text–something else that matters to me.
Nicholas John Frith grew up in the Chiltern Hills in England, and went to school just around the corner from the home of Roald Dahl. Having spent many years traveling the world, from Kuala Lumpur to Chile, Nicholas is now drawing from his experiences to create picture books that bring those places to life for young readers. HECTOR AND HUMMINGBIRD is Nicholas John Frith’s debut picture book. He currently lives and works in Dorset, England.