Review: The Tale of Wobbly Jim and a Parrot Named Sue

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“Mummy, can we read the Wibbly Wobbly Jim book? Puh-leasseeee, I’m a pirate, Yarrr”

This has pretty much been thing I hear most mornings in my house since I bought this neato book – The Tale of Wobbly Jim and a Parrot Named Sue – an independently published collaboration by the awesomely talented Kate Toon (Writer) and Will Pearce (Illustrator). Wobbly Jim is an off-beat story of the chance meeting of 2 lonely souls and truly encapsulates the simplicity of friendship, comradery and the spirit of adventure.

Having a 3yo has opened my eyes to the power of imagination, and I loved that when we read this book together he finds new inspiration for play without the burden of preconception or defined gender roles. Jim may be a pirate, but he can also cry when he’s sad and is pretty handy at gathering seashells for a pie while Sue takes care of their pink boat.

One of the other things I loved was the rhythm this tale has to it. As a veteran reader of rhyming dinosaur stories with exceptionally complex words, this story is is a delight to read. It reminded me a little of a modern-day owl and pussycat story. With dolphin wee.

I’ve read this book no less than 20 times since we got it a couple of weeks ago and I have no doubt it’ll be a firm favourite for a while to come.

If you are looking for a holiday gift for a small one in your world, The Tale of Wobbly Jim and a Parrot Named Sue (Wobbly Jim for short) is sure to capture their attention. A giggle for the young and the young at heart, you can buy from selected book stores or online:

Give away time!

By chance, I happen to have an extra copy, signed by the author Kate Toon. If you’d like it, send me an email. This isn’t a competition, but I only have the one (1) to send out so first in, best dressed: (please include your name and postal address).

Suzy Q emailed me yesterday – I’ll post your signed copy of Wobbly Jim out on Monday. Yarr Maties will love it!

So tell me, what is your favourite kids book?


Full disclosure. I know Kate Toon but offered to write this up myself as I just adore this book and thought it would appeal to the readers of this blog. And I love to share my favourite finds. Kate has generously provided and signed the ‘spare’ copy I have.



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