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Win!!! A Brand New Children’s Book. Yeti and the Bird by Nadia Shireen

WIN!!!  A wonderful addition to your children’s bookcase with this Tidy Book’s book review and competition post. You can win your child a copy of Nadia Shireen’s brand new book, Yeti and the Bird.  A new story book from the author of Good Little Wolf and Hey, Presto.  We have TEN (yes, that’s 10) brand spanking new copies to giveaway!!

Yeti and the Bird

Nadia Shireen is someone we’ve featured before.  We reviewed and ran a giveaway for her last book, Hey, Presto! So we were very keen to get our hands on her latest offering, and will be giving you a great chance to do the same.

After spending ten years working in magazine journalism, Nadia embarked along a path of a true passion, creating children’s books.  Armed with a masters in Children’s Book Illustration from Cambridge University there’s been little looking back since.

Nadia’s style is wonderfully child-friendly and she aims to make the reader laugh out-loud with her stories.

This latest book, Yeti and the Bird is a tale about an unlikely friendship, and perhaps teaches children that not everything, or everybody, that appears scary is actually all that daunting.

Set in a wintery landscape, the mysterious Yeti sets about discovering if they are indeed alone, or if everyone is just frightened of them.  Little lost Bird helps Yeti find the answers.

Can you think of an unlikely friendship? What creatures would you think could actually make good pairs?  All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book, is to tell us about your idea for an unlikely friendship?

But before you give yourself a great chance of winning a copy of the book have a read of what we made of Yeti and the Bird by Nadia Shireen.

Are all Yetis lonely?


We still have our review copy of Hey, Presto! by Nadia Shireen on our Tidy Books bookcase.  The characters, and the story, are really good fun in that book, so we were looking for more of the same from Yeti and the Bird.

The author, Nadia Shireen’s Twitter account says that the book is aimed at kids ‘7ish’, so my 8 year-old boy is ripe target market.

He loved reading the book himself, expressing that the Yeti isn’t really all that scary, he loved looking at the illustrations and that the story is ‘nice’ because it’s all about friendship.

I totally agree with him, and couldn’t put it better myself (even though technically I’m paraphrasing him, so those are actually my words, errr, moving on).

Like in her previous works the drawings are delightful, and warming.  The sort that you feel like you are getting a hug as you enjoy looking at them.  It’s very difficult not to smile as you are reading your way through this book.

I can remember stories of monsters, abominable snowmen and yetis from my own childhood.  My recall of them is of tales that were full of mystery, and ultimately aimed to scare a little.

And while the main character in this story is Yeti, that isn’t at all how this particular tale comes across or what it achieves.

It’s heart-warming, and teaches that friendship can be found in the unlikeliest of places and combinations.  Perhaps promoting children to not always jump to conclusions, or base their opinion on that of others.  Plus, it is very funny.

I giggled at the scene as the bird arrives in the story.  So I guess I must be target audience age too!


Helen is an early years foundation stage leader. She’s responsible for the education of over 150 three to six year-olds. Helen has over a decade’s experience in early years learning, and this is what she thinks of What If….? by Anthony Browne.

“This is great story for enforcing the principle of it how it doesn’t matter what you look like, you can be what you want to be.”

“It’s a great title to explore the old adage to not judge a book by its cover, as in the Yeti may appear scary and huge, but really is a kind and humble creature.”

“This is also fantastic for little ones to show you don’t need to be big to be brave.  The little bird could be an excellent model of brave behaviour for them.”

“I would use this book and story as a tool to engage children to talk about feelings.  How do you think the Yeti feels to have no friends? What did the bird feel like when they got lost? Does it feel good when friends leave or arrive?”

“The text is really nice too.  And my favourite part is that – without spoiling it – the opening and ending passages are very similar in sound and structure.  Using the same sentence, but with a warming and subtle addition in conclusion.”

So that’s what we made of Yeti and the Bird by Nadia Shireen, and we have a wonderful giveaway for you to enter.

We have TEN copies of Yeti and the Bird to giveaway.  All you have to be in with a chance of winning one is to tell us about your idea for an unlikely friendship.  What creatures do you think could actually make great chums?


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155 thoughts on “Win!!! A Brand New Children’s Book. Yeti and the Bird by Nadia Shireen

  1. Avatar Christina p says:

    Im going to say a bunny rabbit and kitty cat.

  2. Avatar Zarah Foard says:

    I think the Mink and the Water Vole. Mink are known to be wiping out the Water Vole population at the moment as they are extremely vicious little things mink! I think this friendship would be excellent.

  3. Avatar Jenna O says:

    A fox and a frog. 😀

  4. Avatar Jane McColl says:

    a cat and a mouse

  5. Avatar Nicole T says:

    Haha the fox and the hound!!!

  6. Avatar Nicole t says:

    The fox and the hound!!!

  7. Avatar Joy Dehany says:

    Chimp and a kitten.

  8. Avatar Julie Boccara says:

    A lion and a bear.

  9. Avatar Jaana says:

    A porcupine and a turtle. 🙂

  10. Avatar Lyndi Malarchuk says:

    Unlikely friends? What about a bear and a fish?

  11. Avatar SARAH ANDERSON says:

    A giraffe and a frog, the tallest animal and the littlest animal

  12. Avatar Shirley Giles says:

    A wise old owl

  13. Avatar Lindsay Felvus says:

    A cat and a mouse

  14. Avatar Janice Kirkcaldy says:

    A Golden Retriever and a vicious Guinea pig – and this is TRUE !

  15. Avatar Amy Tidd says:

    An unlikely friendship between two animals could be an elephant and a mouse! The mouse could ride on the elephants back, their mission could be to show all elephants that mice really aren’t scary!! 🙂

  16. Avatar Amy Tidd says:

    An elephant and a mouse. The mouse can ride on the elephants back and their mission would be to convince all elephants aren’t scary!!

  17. Avatar Sarah Yewman says:

    Well, I chose a Dog and a Frog and attempted to write a story about their unlikely bond, but also how they were able to remain such great friends. Go on, have a read and see what you think. http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/2396952-dog-and-frog-the-best-of-friends

  18. Avatar Jen Bell says:

    A fox and a hen 🙂

  19. Avatar Heidi Nicholson says:

    I think a fox and a badger would be a very unlikely duo but in the book in my head they are the best of friends. x

  20. Avatar silvia zimbone says:

    I think wolf and lamb!

  21. Avatar Lisa Troccoli says:

    I think an unlikely friendship would be a spider and a fly!

  22. Avatar Penny Mitchell says:

    a Robin and a worm

  23. Avatar Angela W says:

    An elephant and a mouse 🙂

  24. Avatar kristin says:

    A mole or shrew and a worm

  25. Avatar claire says:

    Horse and a mouse.

  26. Avatar Tanya Camilleri says:

    Lion and a lamb

  27. Avatar Tanya Camilleri says:

    Lion and Lamb

  28. Avatar Lyn Bosomworth says:

    A spider and an elephant!

  29. Avatar Jean Vaughan says:

    A ladybird and a hawk

  30. Avatar Jenny & William says:

    My son has a kangaroo on board his pirate ship as a seemingly permenant addition. So I’m going to say Pirate & Kangaroo!

  31. Avatar Tori says:

    A badger and a worm

  32. I think one of the oddest friendships was my dog and his pet mouse. He adopted this mouse that was running about the house and he would take some of his food from the food dish and leave it in the corner for the mouse. One day I even saw the dog asleep with the mouse by his paw eating this food the dog had left him.

    I think that is an unlikely friendship, since the dog by nature is a hunter of small game.

  33. Avatar Michelle says:

    My 6 yr old son would like to see an Elasmosaurus dinosaur + Marmoset to slide down its back.

  34. Avatar gina says:

    a cat and a squirrel

  35. Avatar Danielle L says:

    A lion and a squirrel

  36. Avatar Eleanor says:

    I think a fox and a chicken – I know the damage a fox could cause to my pet chickens and I wish nature had made them ‘friends’ but I know this is unlikely! But perhaps if the fox protected them from other predators they might reward Mr Fox with a few eggs!

  37. Avatar kimberly schotz says:

    How about a spider and a fly?

  38. Avatar sara haaf says:

    A turtle and a cheetah

  39. Avatar theresa cooke says:

    a badger and a farmer

  40. Avatar Megan C says:

    We found our gigantic collie cuddling with a praying mantis on our porch one day lol. I snapped several photos. Our dog seemed almost afraid to move, like she was worried she might hurt the bug. *That* was an unlikely friendship.

  41. Avatar Tiffany Schmidt says:

    Jaguar and Capybara

  42. Avatar kerri says:

    A hedgehog and a puffer fish!

  43. Avatar Kirsten Barthy says:

    an ant and an elephant

  44. Avatar Sarka Baran says:

    worm and giraffe

  45. Avatar Kim Hayton says:

    A Giraffe and a Cat

  46. Avatar mommasbacon says:

    How about a cat and a squirrel

  47. Avatar Sarah Parkin says:

    The Chicken & The Worm

  48. Avatar Leonie Gray says:

    I think a caterpillar and an owl

  49. Avatar tahitra a says:

    a cat and a mouse i think would be a very unlikely friendship

  50. Avatar leah w says:

    I think a good unlikely friendship would be a kangaroo & tiger

  51. Avatar Melanie Daniels says:

    A cat and a mouse!

  52. Avatar Gloria says:

    a bird and a worm

  53. Avatar Gloria says:

    a bird and a worm

  54. Avatar Gloria says:

    a bird and a worm

  55. Avatar Erika P. says:

    A tiger and a dog

  56. Avatar Glenn Marvell-James says:

    A Penguin & a Killer Whale

  57. Avatar Sarah Ruse says:

    An ant and an anteater

  58. Avatar Manon says:

    I would say a hippo and a goat, my 2 favourite animals!!

  59. Avatar Katie Walters says:

    Cat and mouse

  60. Avatar victoria bennett says:

    an elephant and a mouse!

  61. Avatar michelle says:

    a monkey and a mole 🙂

  62. Avatar Renee Smith says:

    I think a cat and a squirrel would make good friends.

  63. Avatar caroline martin says:

    A swan and a monkey!!

  64. Hedgehogs and slugs would be interesting.

  65. Avatar Val Pownall says:

    A chicken and a fox. 🙂

  66. Avatar Kat Emerick says:

    A cat and a bird

  67. Avatar Jennifer says:

    a dog and a bunny (our basset hound loved our baby bunnes… and bassets are bred to hunt them!)

  68. Avatar Aura says:

    earth worm and elephant

  69. Avatar Bree Tinch says:

    cat and mouse.

  70. Avatar heathet mclean says:

    A koala and a bird. They could have adventures in the tree tops!

  71. a whale and a seal, they could visit atlantis together and search for mermaids

  72. Avatar Sue Obrien says:

    Ant and Elephant!

  73. Avatar Amy Howe says:

    I was thinking about a porcupine and any animal really( later though of a skunk). Lets face it who really want to be friend with one?

  74. Avatar maxine oodfellow says:

    A worm and a bird

  75. Avatar Lucy Mayer says:

    A bear and a hare… 🙂

  76. Avatar Leanne Barei says:

    I think a penguin and killer whale 🙂

  77. Avatar Lynsey Buchanan says:

    A cat and a fish

  78. Avatar Stephanie McFarland says:

    Dog and cat

  79. Avatar Laura Martin says:

    The moody kitten and the pesky mosquito. Finally someone to love a mosquito!!

  80. Avatar Kirsten Barthy says:

    an ant and an elephant

  81. Avatar mariella hoekstra says:

    i think a crocodile and an ant

  82. Avatar Dot Rogerson says:

    My dog Max and my cat Buster because they are like an old married cuople, lots of tiff but equal amounts of kisses and cuddles.

  83. Avatar Alexis Janiszewski says:

    I am going to say a turtle and fox!

  84. Avatar Jodi says:

    I think my favorite unlikely friendship story of all time is the fox and the hound. But since it’s not really very original, how about a lion and an antelope

  85. Avatar brendan says:

    ant plus anteater would be pretty crazy

  86. Avatar Angela Burgess says:

    A frog and a bear

  87. Avatar Elaine Dale says:

    a lion and a monkey, well it worked in Daktari lol,

  88. Avatar Pearl Baiko says:

    At my house the unlikely match has got to be a Greenwing Macaw with a ladybug that he caught.

  89. Avatar elizabeth barnes says:

    Eagle and a mouse

  90. Avatar katrina rose says:

    A Fox and a Rabbit x

  91. Avatar katrina rose says:

    A Fox and Rabbit x

  92. Avatar abby carroll says:

    A cat and a flea 🙂

  93. Avatar Sally Millard says:

    I like the idea of a cat and a mouse who actually get along. A mouse is a very portable friend too!

  94. Avatar natalie holland says:

    A bear and a rabbit! lol The bear could carry the rabbit on its back x

  95. Avatar sharon williams says:

    Its got to be the fox and the hound. stop the cruelty and let them be friends

  96. Avatar Neil Devlin says:

    A cat and a Rabbit

  97. Avatar Keri Jones says:

    A hedgehog and a slug 🙂

  98. Avatar Stephanie Burchatt says:

    A Penguin and A Squirrel (Mine & The Other Halves Nicknames)

  99. Avatar lauren says:

    A snail and a dog

  100. Avatar melanie stirling says:

    A wolf and a sheep

  101. Avatar Amy Witherstine says:

    How about a bear and a squirrel.

  102. Avatar Claire says:

    Since this book would be for my son, I asked him. And he says "a tiger and a whale". 🙂

  103. Avatar Carolyn hedley says:

    I think a mammoth and an ant, big bouldering stomping mammoth makes friends with a diddy little ant I think that would be a brilliant story 🙂 xx

  104. Avatar Charlotte Kerr says:

    A bird and a worm

  105. Avatar Ruthie S. says:

    A hedgehog and a hound dog!

  106. Avatar Ruthie S. says:

    A hedgehog and a hound dog!

  107. Avatar christy beckett says:

    Fox and Hound x

  108. Avatar Hazel Hulson says:

    A lion and a snake could imagine the adventures together.

  109. Avatar Margaret moe Dunlop says:

    a cat and a rat

  110. Avatar Kirstie Firth says:

    The owl and the Fox 🙂

  111. Avatar Vanessa Crowley says:

    cat and rabbit

  112. Avatar olivia kirby says:

    an elephant and a mouse

  113. Avatar Andrea McCullough says:

    A bird and a cat.

  114. Avatar vicky collins says:

    A frog and a Slug 🙂

  115. Avatar tiffany wills says:

    the cat and the bird

  116. Avatar Rachel Gilbey says:

    A horse and a dog

  117. Avatar sharon bruen says:

    a dog and a lion.

  118. Avatar liz denial says:

    A fox & a cat. After seeing how my cat Princess loves to play with the foxes in my garden I think it would make a great story. My neighbours love to watch her playing with the neighbourhood foxes, she’s so funny

  119. Avatar sofia ramos says:

    a pig and a peacock

  120. Avatar Lynsey Ward says:

    A capybara (giant guinea) and a Giant Tortoise as they are both the ‘bigger’ version of their species 😉

  121. Avatar Maddy says:

    our chickens and cat always got on rather well, despite what you might expect!

  122. Avatar NIGEL HILL says:


  123. Avatar Sue Lynette Cinato says:

    Seagull and Whale xxx

  124. Avatar Monika s says:

    Shark and tuna:)

  125. Avatar Heather Reading says:

    Cat and Dog, mine are great friends xx

  126. Avatar Emily Jayne Phipps says:

    Lion and a beaver

  127. Avatar Helen Atkins says:

    Elephant and a Bear

  128. Avatar Karen Whittaker says:

    Elephant and a mouse

  129. Avatar laura avery says:

    a wasp and me lol!

  130. Avatar Catherine says:

    A penguin and a polar bear.

  131. Avatar Audrey Griffis says:

    I think a polar bear and a butterfly

  132. Avatar Laura thomas-griffiths says:

    My daughter and the bath 😉 trying to get her in it and not screaming would be fab 😀 xx

  133. Avatar Yvonne Hopkinson says:

    A crocodile and a cat

  134. Avatar Caroline Smith says:

    A tortoise and a cheetah

  135. Avatar lorna kennedy says:

    a tiger and a monkey x

  136. Avatar Jenna says:

    The cat and the bird.

  137. Avatar Victoria Leedham says:

    Elephant and a mouse

  138. Avatar ALISON BARLOW says:

    A Whale and a goldfish

  139. Avatar Jane Adams says:

    A parrot and a porcupine

  140. Avatar hannah says:

    A hedgehog and a fox

  141. Avatar Jemma Underwood says:

    I would have to say a sea lion and a tortoise…..just because!!!!

  142. Avatar Karen says:

    A skunk and a bat.

  143. Avatar Megan M says:

    A turtle and a bird

  144. Avatar Megan M says:

    A turtle and a bird

  145. Avatar Meagan Michels says:

    A giraffe and a mouse.

  146. Avatar Beth says:

    A bunny and a goat

  147. Avatar karen says:

    an elephant and an ant

  148. a sheep and a wolf in sheep’s clothing

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