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Kindness for Koalas

Updated: Jan 3, 2023

When Mala the Koala stomps into the forest, feeling very crummy, a little mouse suggests Mala will soon feel better if she starts to be kind. But how? wonders Mala. Soon she's sharing her lunch with some emu chicks, helping a baby bat and comforting her friend, Wombat - discovering, on her way, that kindness really is what makes the world go round. This easy-to-read rhyming story, with gentle humour and gorgeous artwork, is a perfect introduction to kindness.

Author Information

Zanna writes fiction and non-fiction for Usborne. Her favourite things to write about are small monsters and talking animals. She used to live in London but now lives in a cottage on the edge of some woods. She is only sorry there are no bears or witches in them.



Illustrator Information

Ged Adamson is a writer and illustrator. His breakthrough book Douglas, You Need Glasses! was published in May 2016 by Schwartz and Wade (Random House). Since then, he’s worked with many publishers as both author and illustrator. Self-penned titles include Shark Dog and Ava and the Rainbow (Who Stayed) for Harper Collins, A Fox Found a Box – again with Schwartz and Wade – and Bird Hugs for Two Lions. He is the illustrator of I Have To Start At School Today by Simon Philip (Simon & Schuster) and This is Not a Unicorn by Barry Timms (Nosy Crow). 2021 saw the publication of Scribbly (HarperCollins) and in 2022, his new book The Elephant Detectives will be published by Nosy Crow.



I loved this introduction to and guide to kindness, full of thoughtful explanations of what it looks like, and ideas that could be used by readers themselves. A gentle and thoughtful tale, following a koala who has a bad start to the day, but through being shown an act of kindness, and then being kind to others, is able to change how she feels. A mix of rhyming prose and speech between characters, the book features bright and engaging illustrations, and would be a great read-aloud in a class setting, or in use as a discussion in a read-alone or together between parents and children at home. Lovely!

Win a copy by entering the giveaway (thanks to Usborne) on my Twitter and Instagram pages - look for @richreadalot for details (winner to be drawn Fri 6th Jan 2023 at 6pm)

Thanks to Bee at Kaleidoscope for having me on the blogtour - make sure to check out the other stops for more about this book.

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