Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite
The Blue Footies is written and illustrated by Joan Dee Wilson and tells the story of a group of birds, blue-footed Boobies, who just love to hang out at the seashore, watching what is going on, and fishing in the depths for sardines. When lots of debris is left ashore by the tide, they are curious, and then see some children on the shore who gather the debris and take it away. Then one of the birds, Blue, gets tangled in some more debris, and the other birds have to find help. They then devise a way to save Blue, and repay their helpers in a way only Boobies could.
This story is told with quite sophisticated language, but it works for the target audience because the wonderful illustrations that accompany the story show the young reader exactly what is happening. There is humour, too, when the birds liken the children’s blue boots to their own blue feet, and their reaction when they find out the children can take their ‘feet’ off is really amusing. But as well as a good story and lovely artwork, there is a very topical aspect, that of debris on the beach and how it can harm wildlife. This is a book that can be discussed with a young reader and broach a number of issues, including the environment, the importance of teamwork, caring for one another, and problem solving. The author and illustrator, Joan Dee Wilson, has crafted a lovely picture book that will entrance young readers.