Unfortunately for this egocentric character, our farmyard friends find little about Stud that attracts or charms. He can’t be milked or lay eggs. He doesn’t even taste good.
Sadly, despite a stunning set of sequinned britches, Stud’s act falls short of spectacular time and time again. He reluctantly admits defeat when the farm animals have a stunning change of heart.
Stud is an ode to individuality and proof that you needn’t be number one or perfect in all that you do to make meaningful impact on people. Being you whether that is zany and humorous or quiet and thoughtful is most important in the appreciation stakes. Fox’s lyrical narrative suggests that even those we find at first unappealing and unworthy of attention may in fact contribute to a person’s wellbeing; a wonderful message imbuing tolerance and understanding.
The pairing of this story with Anna Demchenko’s cheek-filled, eye-popping illustrations makes Stud a beguiling little number to share with youngsters, even if cane toads aren’t high on their list of favourite animals.
For more barnyard fun, check out this picture book team’s first title together, Ham.
Author: Dhana Fox
Illustrator: Anna Demchenko
Publisher: Larrikin House, $24.99
Publication Date: May 2021
For ages: 3 – 8
Type: Picture Book
July 9, 2021 at 12:30AM DimbutNice