#Colouring: The Aviary Peacock #MPBooks

A beautiful peacock image to brighten up your day! 🙂

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The Aviary Peacock
Colouring outline from ‘The Aviary’ – Colouring © My Peacock Books
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This is a coloured in peacock from the colouring book called ‘The Aviary’.  It’s filled with realistic images of birds and is published by LOM Art an imprint of Michael O’Mara books.  I did this piece of colouring and took a picture a while ago now but recently looked back and was impressed with my own colouring skills (is that weird?).

What do you think of the peacock?  Would Phoenix the Peacock approve do you think? 🙂
(p.s. apologies for the general light tint on the picture, fault of the light in the room, and the slight shadow in the middle bottom of the pic)


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#Photo Challenge: Pedestrian Pigeons #Photography #MPBooks

An interesting take on the word ‘pedestrian’ 🙂

Pedestrian Pigeons
Pedestrian Pigeons – Image © My Peacock Books
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This is the first photo challenge I’ve ever done on wordpress so I hope everyone likes it.  The theme for this week’s challenge is pedestrian and I have my own little take on the pedestrian world – pigeons!  Love them or hate them (I personally love them) they are part of our towns and cities and help clean up the crumbs of food dropped on the street.  They’re also intelligent birds…well some of the time 😛 🙂

I actually love watching pigeons, I even visited Trafangar Square in London when I was younger.  Back them it was famous for the birds and stalls sold seed you could feed to them, I had several eating from my hands!!  They are smart and resilient birds which should be given some respect.  Pigeon chicks look very strange, by the way, different from most chicks which look a little cuter, and I think we’d all like them a little bit more if we saw more positive nature programs about them.  🙂

Happy Monday everyone.  I hope this image has brightened up your morning, and I hope you have a great week!


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#BookReview: Kancil The Mouse Deer by Marie McLisky #MPBooks

A very cute picture book based on an Indonesian and Malaysian folk tale.

Kancil The Mouse Deer book coverTitle: Kancil The Mouse Deer

Author: Marie McLisky

Publisher: Austin Macauley

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

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Description: In the green Java Jungle, far far away,
comes Kancil, the mouse deer, in the dim light of day,
to roam through the forest, eating shrubs, shoots and leaves,
in addition to fruits, which have fallen from trees.

But Harimou the tiger is watching Kancil. Watching and waiting to pounce…

My Review:  I really love this book. ‘Kancil The Mouse Deer’ is a fun children’s picture book with great rhyming and some cute illustrations. The book is about A5 in size, I have the paperback version.

The story of Kancil (pronounced: can-chil) The Mouse Deer is a simple one and is actually based on a traditional folktale from Indonesia and Malaysia. Kancil is a cute little creature who spends time eating shrubs, leaves and fruit in the jungle, but Harimou the tiger is watching Kancil and pounces on him threatening to eat him. But Kancil is a clever mouse deer and manages to trick Harimou to escape.

Cute image along with some of the fun rhyming.

This book really reminds me of The Gruffalo! The whole story idea of cleverly escaping and outwitting the creature that wants to eat you by talking to them is the same but yet the way Kancil does this with Harimou is clever and different to The Gruffalo. The text is very simple and easy to read and also rhymes throughout which really makes this book much more fun.

There are some lovely colourful illustrations throughout the book on some lovely glossy, good quality, paper. The illustrations are on every page along with the text. I really do love the pictures they aren’t too complicated and yet still have quite a lot of detail in them. I like the pictures as they just look fun and cute and Kancil especially looks cute  when you see how small he is compared to Harimou.

Images of Harimou!

I think kids would enjoy this book and plenty of adults might enjoy reading it too (I did!). I think I am extra drawn to this tale because of the fact it is based on a folk tale and although the story in this is a bit short, it’s a lovely tale and I’d love to see more clever adventures of Kancil.

-Thanks to Austin Macauley for a free copy

(On a side note if do a search for mouse deer you’ll see how cute this creature is and how good the illustrations in this book really are!)


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