Toucan Can by Juliet MacIver, illustrated by Sarah Davis, published by Gecko Press, 2013
Gecko Press is a small New Zealand publisher with a glowing reputation because they consistently publish children’s books that matter. They go on the hunt for story treasure around the world and transform that treasure into books that gleam. The stories they choose are often very simple but always take you on magnificent story travels. You might laugh, you might cry, but you will always put the book down feeling better for having read it. The books always have gorgeous illustrations.
Sometimes Gecko Press goes on the hunt for story treasure in New Zealand. This new book is a perfect example of that. Toucan Can is a zany rhyme story full of bounce and zip and zest. Toucan is a bird that can do lots of things that not many others can (then there are things Toucan can’t do!). Juliette MacIver wrote the zippy nippy rhymes and Sarah Davis did the tasty illustrations. It is big book, a gorgeous book, that will get you wanting to make up some rhymes about a fabulous bird whether you are five or fifty.
Here is delicious little bit from the story:
has a NEW plan.
With the frying pan
and a stew can,
he can juggle
while he cancans
on a fruit-can!
Gecko Press here
Juliet MacIver’s Storyline’s page here
Sarah Davis here