Hello, friends! Our book today is A Vulture Came To Town by B•dice, a visually striking story of diversity.
The day a vulture came to town, the other animals were sent into a tizzy. Immediately, most are distrustful of the outsider; his bald skull, his oily black wings, and his diet of carcasses is enough to make every furred and feathered member pull away in disgust and fear. Confused, the vulture points out that he cannot help how he looks or what he eats; in fact, he shares many similarities with other animals in the group. This revelation causes the animals to splinter further, now looking at each other as enemies because of their differences. It’ll take one level-headed mouse and a bit of courage to convince the others that being different isn’t a crime, and one should never judge vulture by his feathers.
Very interesting. With a premise that is fairly straightforward – an always-welcome, well-argued lesson in diversity and acceptance – the tale of vulture and the other animals is one that hits the expected beats at first. A newcomer is ostracized for being unfamiliar or strange, until a brave voice stands up to defend the virtues of diversity – a resolution the narrative ties in nicely to a tale about the animal kingdom (for instance, Mink’s logical argument that Vulture eating Wolf’s leftovers is better than just leaving them there to rot). The rhyming text has a good rhythm and reads well, and the length is fine. What sets Vulture apart is its unique visuals – a black-and-white abstract geometric style that often depicts the animals and scenes in unexpected perspectives; a smile clawed foot, falling feather, or large text in stark white against a black background, or vice versa. It’s a challenging art style, but one that both very young readers and their older siblings might find stimulating. The book has some of the rough edges often found in indie titles, mostly in pacing, but JJ enjoyed the story (though she did find some of the illustrations confusing). Still, this quirky title is definitely worth a look, and we recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the author in exchange for an honest review.)