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A Perfect Chirpy Christmas by Kyle Mewburn
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Flit wants a white Christmas with snowbirds, ice-skating and sleigh bells, but he lives in the warm south. He travels far to the northern hemisphere, looking for the perfect Christmas. Will he find it there?

A beautiful, gentle Christmas story, with the message being that it's family and friends that are most important. Beautifully illustrated by talented up-and-coming illustrator Patrick McDonald, winner of the Storylines Gavin Bishop Award for Picture Book Illustration.

Flit longs to have a white Christmas with snowbirds, ice-skating and sleigh bells. You can't have these in the warm south so he travels far to the northern hemisphere where he hopes to have the perfect Christmas. It's not that easy and Flit learns to share with others. His Christmas holds all the magic he wished for, but it's still not right. Back home he delights in his southern hemisphere Christmas with family and friends.

Perfect Chirpy Christmas Review

“..The illustrations by Patrick McDonald are seriously beautiful. The changing perspectives, gorgeous expressions and depth of colour used make this book something very special. The story is very cute, and it is lovely having a Christmas book not featuring any man in a red suit – which I think makes it all the more heartwarming and enjoyable. A Perfect Chirpy Christmas is a lovely southern-hemisphere Christmas book, celebrating what makes us unique at the festive time of year. I think the longing for a white Christmas is a common experience, so this book is really easy to relate to. Though the pictures will appeal to a wide range of ages, the story would have most appeal to ages 4–6+ – it’s full of alliteration and dialogue, and flows well. This would also make the Perfect Chirpy Gift for friends or family who live overseas that you would like to lure home!”

Author Biography

Kyle Mewburn has written many award-winning books including the 2010 NZ Post Book of the Year for Old Huhu (illustrated by Rachel Driscoll), and the 2007 NZ Post Best Picture Book Award and the Children's Choice Award for Kiss! Kiss! Yuk! Yuk!, which was also a 2007 Storylines Notable Picture Book. See more at, or visit him on Facebook at…drens-writer. Patrick McDonald is a recent illustration graduate of Massey University, and he can't remember a time when he hasn't been interested in drawing or some aspect of design. Spending four years at university has definitely made illustration feel more like work to him but he's discovered that he really enjoys following a client's brief and trying to meet or exceed their expectations and his own. There isn't one mode of illustration that he prefers over any other but recently he has been working primarily on picture book illustration and he has always held a strong interest in narrative illustration.

Release date NZ
November 1st, 2013
Illustrated by Patrick McDonald
colour illustrations
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Random House New Zealand Ltd
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