“Featuring the enchanting landscapes of the Blue Mountains in Australia, and one of its most magical residents,
the artful story of Leonard the Lyrebird is like a precious slice of the Blue Mountains itself.”
~ Tohby Riddle, award-winning Blue Mountains children’s book author and illustrator
Leonard the Lyrebird
Written by Jodie McLeod
What’s everyone saying about Leonard the Lyrebird?
"The book is deep, sensitive and full of expression. The illustrator has certainly made it come alive with creative power to bring to life our beautiful Blue Mountains."
~ Aniko Koro, Children & Young Adult Team Leader,
Blue Mountains Library
"This gem of a book touches on the themes of friendship, courage and finding your own voice. With local references sprinkled throughout, Leonard the Lyrebird is very much a tribute to the Blue Mountains, showcasing Australian bush animals and their habitat, but will undoubtedly appeal to children and families far beyond."
~ Maura Pierlot, author and playwright, and reviewer for the Children's Book Council of Australia. Read the full review.
“Leonard the Lyrebird is a great example of how a children’s story can not only entertain, but educate and encourage young readers to discover more about our unique animals.”
~ Adele Haythornthwaite, Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Whitley Awards committee member
"We are so blessed to own this piece of magic in our house! It has prime position in the library! Thanks @jodiemcleodwriter for sharing this with us. It is absolutely gorgeous."
~ Sam Dellamarta
"I finished reading Leonard the Lyrebird to 18-month-old Sophie tonight. The story is very sweet, and the illustrations are superb. Seeing all those familiar landscapes crafted in such a beautiful way makes me happy. Thank you for creating this unique book!"
~ Dan Howe
"Congratulations, your book is gorgeous. I am mailing one of my copies to my niece and nephew in Canada as a little piece of their ‘other’ home."
~ Alicia Howard
"Leonard is a legend. We love the rhythm of the narrative and the playful, engaging language. Our copy has gone straight to the pool room!"
~ Jacquline Galvin
"I just got my copy and love it! Brought tears to my eyes at the end."
~ Lucy Fry
"My two boys loved your book! Bronson even wants to take it to his preschool to share with his class!"
~ Rachel Mead
"Two very happy little peeps receiving their copy of Leonard the Lyrebird today. Mia can’t wait to show her Coffs Harbour friends!"
~ Nicole Kowald
I made two young mums and babies happy with Leonard the Lyrebird and I couldn’t resist a copy myself. Such a beautiful and clever story, the illustrations are amazing too.
~ Brigitte Keil
"Here you have told us a very special story that touches the heart, both through the words and through the beautiful illustrations. Well done!"
~ Dr Belle Alderman AM, Emeritus Professor of Children's Literature, Director - National Centre for Australian Children's Literature Inc.
"A glorious story to read out loud...."
"Rich and vibrant illustrations..."
"This is a book to treasure..."
~ Penny Harrison, Kids Book Review. Read the full review.
"Leonard the Lyrebird … What a beautiful book we’ve just opened! Mabel and Elliott loved it as their bedtime story tonight. Anyone who loves beautifully written and illustrated books needs to purchase this gorgeous Australian book featuring our animals, landscapes and capturing the beautiful Blue Mountains. Jodie, you’re such a talented writer! We’re so lucky to have our very own copy to read over and over again."
~ Rebecca Pitts
"I just read Leaonrd the Lyrebird with the kids ... I still get a tear in my eye ... so beautiful! It looks amazing! Love the texture and feel of it and the artwork is just so gorgeous. So much to look at on every page!"
~ Alison Ireland
"OMG. I’ve just read your book and I’m honestly a little bit teary! It’s SO beautifully written and the illustrations are just gorgeous. Can’t wait to read it to Sadie this afternoon."
~ Laura Greaves
"I just received my copy of Leonard the Lyrebird today ... wow, what a beautiful book! I love it and it will definitely be a gift I start giving to all friends when they have a baby."
~ Kelly King
"Just had a little tear in my eye as I read the last few pages to Freddie tonight! It’s such a wonderful story! And so beautifully illustrated ... So happy it arrived today and can’t wait to read it again to them tomorrow."
~ Anna Robards
"We have received the book ... It is absolutely beautiful and my step son loves being in the bush listening to the birds when we are visiting Blackheath."
~ Kylie Hitchman
It made me feel like you just have to be yourself and not try and be like others. I also like how it included the facts about lyrebirds at the end, it made it really cool because there were two types of texts - fiction and non-fiction. Thank you for making the best book. It is now one of my most favourite books - EVER!
~ Delilah Dellamarta, age 7