Author and Illustrator, Toronto, On, Canada.
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
The Very Unluckily Lucky Quaroo is a children’s book written and illustrated by Magic Mike. The Quaroo is a unique bird which is rare and has incredible plumage. People come from afar just to touch it, taking a feather for their collection, not caring about the consequences. Soon the Quaroo has just one feather left atop its head. People still continue to seek the bird out, but now it hides, determined to preserve its very last feather from hungry, greedy hands.
Both the story and the illustrations in The Very Unluckily Lucky Quaroo are thoroughly engaging. While looking through the pictures in the story, I could not help but be taken back to the days of long ago when I would read the books of Dr. Seuss, whose stories were wildly entertaining and fun with delightfully colorful illustrations to match. The tale of the Quaroo carries a very real and important message regarding conservation and wildlife, as well as the carelessness and selfishness of human beings who want a souvenir like no other.
Humans are so anxious to have a piece of Nature, especially that which is rare, not seeming to care that doing so will push the species of animal they seek out to extinction. It is a sad reality, but one which is so very important to teach the younger and next generations ahead. Magic Mike’s tale brings a serious situation to the surface, engaging children and adults alike in order to protect our endangered species on Earth. I found The Very Unluckily Lucky Quaroo’s message to be direct and on-point while also using the illustrations to pique a child’s interest in the survival of animals on our planet. I enjoyed The Very Unluckily Lucky Quaroo and recommend the tale to readers aged 5 to 150 and more.