Project Description



by Quentin Blake

When Angela Bowling rescues a baby bird after a storm, she finds her very own Loveykins.

Following a blustery night, Angela Bowling finds a baby bird blown out of his nest. She names him Augustus, and he quickly becomes more to her than just a bird to be looked after. He’s her little Loveykins. But Augustus is growing larger and rounder and soon requires a special garden shed to house him. He seems content enough…until another night brings even stronger winds.

From the UK’s first Children’s Laureate, this droll tale about the improbable friendship between a determined, eccentric matron and a young bird is classic Quentin Blake. With his quirky, humorous watercolors and his distinctive storytelling style, Blake gives readers a charming and sensitive treatment of the issues of loving and letting go.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-282-8
Publication Date: 3/1/2003
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-1/8″ x 10-1/2″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $8.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-760-1
Publication Date: 9/1/2016
Page Count: 32
Size: 8-1/8″ x 10-1/2″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 4.1
F&P: GRL K, Gr 2, Genre F
Lexile: AD860L
Themes: Birds, Caretakers, Growing Up
BISAC 1: JUV002040 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
BISAC 2: JUV013090 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Alternative Family
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship


“Blake’s images of Angela fretting and fawning over her beloved bird are hilarious, revealing a range of exaggerated expressions on the face of the wild-eyed critter, who seems to know exactly how ludicrous he looks…. Appealingly offbeat, this droll tale is classic Blake.” ―Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“In the hands of a master like Blake, this relationship between an unconventional woman and a young bird, unmediated by softening agents, feels real and good and weird…. Add Blake’s idiosyncratic watercolors, which inspire affection and sympathy, and you have the rare eccentric/endearment nexus that emits its own strange wonderful light.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“While the story is told with Blake’s characteristic lighthearted charm and the illustrations are rife with comic detail, the issue of love that stifles rather than saves is handled with sensitivity.” ―School Library Journal

Meet the Author/Illustrator

Quentin Blake is a best-selling illustrator and author-illustrator of more than one hundred books and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal and a Bologna Ragazzi Award. In 1999, Blake was named the first Children’s Laureate of the United Kingdom. He lives in England and France. You can visit his website here.