Book Reviews, Children's Book reviews

Bin Chicken by Kate Temple – Children’s book review


My Rating ~ Five stars


RELEASE DATE:  1 May 2020

Publisher: Scholastic Australia

Format: Hardcover



Diving in dumpsters, traipsing through trash!

Rummaging through rubbish, making a splash!

‘Revolting!’ they snort, starting to sicken, ‘Trash Turkey! Dumpster Duck! BIN CHICKEN!’

One bird’s trash is another bird’s treasure-find out why the ibis is the queen of the rubbish pile!




Thank you so much to Scholastic Australia for providing me with a copy of Bin Chicken, in exchange for an honest review!


For those uneducated in the Australian term for the Ibis bird, we call them a Bin Chicken.  Because they love to dive in bins (or anywhere really) for rubbish.  In fact, one of my favourite things that has ever happened, was hearing my 2 year old daughter yell “OI MISTER!  A bin chicken got your lunch!” like the true Aussie she is, at the zoo, when an opportunistic Ibis decided a man’s lunch he had just paid for was up for grabs while his back was turned.  So, I was EXCITED when I saw this book. The Bin Chicken absolutely deserves its own story, especially when that story ends in a focus on just how resourceful they are, despite the nickname they have been given.

With plenty of opportunities to yell “EWW YUCK!” at all the rubbish the Bin Chicken picks up along the way (always an important thing in bedtime stories, according to my kid) and a great message of the ‘sticks and stones’ variety, the Ibis goes about it’s business, using those trash diving skills to provide for its family.

With sweet and funny illustrations, plus wonderful rhyming prose, I’d highly recommend this one as a brilliant and fun story to share as a family!





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