Created: 14th August, 2015

The Girl with the Parrot on her Head

Author: Daisy Hirst
Illustrator: Daisy Hirst
Publisher: Walker

A picture book about friendship and fears that demonstrates subtle psychological awareness. Left bereft when her friend moves away, Isabel organises her life in boxes. ‘She had a system.’ However, not everything will fit in its box so she seeks a bigger one. The discovery of such a box and its contents brings the story full circle and gives it a satisfying shape.

Throughout the book the red parrot that usually perches on Isabel’s head provides a stable and comforting component in her life. Splashes of red and shades of blue and brown are the strongest elements in Daisy Hirst's colour palette which, combined with creative use of whitespace and a deceptively child-like drawing style, give the illustrations a very distinctive feel.


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