The Yellow Bills is a book aimed at 6-9 year olds taking them on an enchanting tale of unlikely friendships and striving against all the odds to reach one’s dreams.
Mya is an eight year old girl who loves planes and wants to be a pilot when she grows up. As luck would have it she comes across a flying school run by Lieutenant Drake who awards his pupils with pilot hat’s when they graduate. Mya thinks this will be a great start to her flying career and wants to join the class, but there’s just one problem. She’s not a duck! Could Goose the little duckling with big flying ambitions be the key to helping her fly and getting her pilot’s hat? Or will Mr Sour, the teacher who didn’t quite make the grade himself, have other ideas?
As Mya tries to fly she realises she has taken on more than she bargained for and only has numerous scrapes and bruises to show for her effort. Her idea of a winged cape falls flat on its face, literally, and her good friend Goose, who has offered to help her is at a loss as to how she can get off the ground. However, an unlikely source of help comes in the shape of her Mum who surprises her one day with a modified bike. In fact it’s more than modified it’s downright monstrous, with a huge wing and propeller attached to the top. It’s only meant for show but Mya is determined to prove her mum wrong – the bike will fly.
Inspired by authors such as Roald Dahl and Angela Sommer-Bodenburg’s ‘The Little Vampire’ collection, Michelle McKenna weaves a story with the humour and invention of Nick Ward’s ‘Charlie Small’ series meets Dick King Smith’s wonder of the animal world.