The cheeky butcher birds always tease Guluu and he is becoming a very mad mapgie. When Galuu heeds the advice of his Elders and ignores the birds, they just laugh at him. But Guluu tries again...and this time he stands proudly at the riverbank and remembers how he used to sing when he was having a bad day.
Gregg Dreise is a descendant of the Kamilaroi people from south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales. The youngest of eight children, he grew up in a family that valued sport, music and poetry, and was inspired to write by his mother, Lyla Dreise-Knox, who has been writing poetry for decades. Currently a teacher on the Sunshine Coast, Gregg was inspired to write Silly Birds by hearing the Elders saying that it was ‘hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys’.