This month’s book is Dogbird by Paul Stewart.
Alice gets a budgie for her seventh birthday. Her father names their new pet Dogbird -because he doesn’t talk. What he does is bark like the family’s three Labradors. The dogs and Dogbird cause a commotion with all their barking – even disturbing the neighbors. Things quickly escalate and Alice and her friend decide to set Dogbird free. This does not go well when wild birds chase poor, frightened Dogbird. Luckily, he is able to fly safely home.
The family decides that Dogbird should go live with Grandma. Grandma is thrilled with Dogbird. She renames him Bluey, and he even learns a few phrases. Not only is Bluey a wonderful companion, but because of his barking, he is an excellent guardbird.
Cooper thought this book was terrific. She liked the illustrations (by Tony Ross). She was nervous when the dogs knocked over Dogbird’s cage, and even more so when the wild birds were attacking Dogbird. She was glad the book had a happy ending and Dogbird/Bluey ended up with a new name and someone who loved him.
This month’s book is Krikey Runs Away by Janice Sabulsky.
Krikey is a handsome budgie who is unhappy with his living situation (even though he gets the best seeds and the juiciest part of the lettuce). The other budgies are tired of Krikey’s complaining and his talk of running away. One day Krikey makes his escape and flies away. His flock wonders if Krikey is enjoying his freedom, flying free into the blue summer sky.
But freedom isn’t that easy for a budgie. Especially with winter coming. When Krikey returns, he is wet and exhausted. Having survived the cold, cats and lack of food, Krikey is happy to be home again. No more complaining from Krikey!
Cooper enjoyed this book. She loved all the photos of the budgies. She was a little confused that Krikey looked different than the budgie on the cover (who is missing a foot). Budgies notice the little details. The story was sweet and Cooper was happy it had a happy ending. She also likes that the author had a bird sanctuary in her home and that she rescues pet birds that people no longer care for.
This month’s book is My Name Is Pipsqueak! What’s Your Name? My True Story as told by Pipsqueak! the budgie and Cheri McAleese.
This is the story (so far) of Pipsqueak! the budgie. Pipsqueak! begins his story with his days at the pet store. He is brought home by Mommy, becomes a fantastic talker, plays games, performs tricks and brightens the lives of all who meet him. The book is told in Pipsqueak!’s voice and does a great job portraying how life looks from the budgie point of view. The appendix at the end has some great tips on how to care for (feeding, training, dealing with the occasional budgie nip) and bond with your budgie.
Cooper enjoyed this book. She thought Pipsqueak! is a terrific ambassador and spokesbird for budgies. She agrees with Pipsqueak! that budgies are brilliant birds and are capable of speaking in context (not just mimicry). Cooper’s favorite part of the book was when Pipsqueak! did loop the loops, as she is an expert at loop the loops, too.
This month’s book is Extraordinary Chickens by Stephen Green-Armytage.
In honor of National Poultry Day, Cooper is reviewing Extraordinary Chickens. This is a book that showcases the beauty and amazing variety of the exotic chicken. There is some background on the bird and how the different strains came to be. There are also notes on the ornamental breeds featured in the book. But the beautiful photographs are the star of the show.
Cooper had no idea there were so many types of chickens. Her favorites were the big fluffy birds. She also loved the gorgeous feather patterns of some of the chickens and the photos of the chicks. She highly recommends this book to bird lovers. It would make a great coffee table book and/or gift.Cooper thinks that chickens are indeed extraordinary. She also thinks that Extraordinary Budgies should be the author’s next book.
This month’s book is The Blue Parakeet, by Margaret Gould.
The Blue Parakeet is short and sweet. And like the previous sentence, it is told in rhyme. Jingle lives with a family who loves him on Happy Times Street. Yet he wishes he could join the birds who fly outdoors. One day the window is left open and Jingle flies away. Jingle loves soaring with his new friends Picky and Pecky, but does not want to eat bugs and eventually grows tired of roaming. At the end of the day he returns home to his people, who are waiting for him at the door with his favorite treat.
This was a very cute, little (9 pages) book. Cooper loved the colorful illustrations (by Lorraine L. Arthur). She was glad that Jingle found his way home and did not have to eat bugs. Gross.
This month’s book is The Budgie Said Grrrr! by Martin Waddell and Glenys Ambrus.Bill buys a little blue budgie at the bird shop. But the little budgie does not like bird seed. Grrrr! So it eats its bell, its mirror and its bird bath. Soon the budgie is getting bigger. Bill buys the budgie a bigger cage. Grrrr! The budgie eats a hat, PE gear, and a spare tire and gets even bigger. Soon it is so big that the budgie puts Bill, his mum and his dad in a huge budgie cage. Finally, Bill’s Mum makes the budgie something “good to eat”. Apple fruit cake, shortbread, chips, etc. seem to do the trick and Bill, his mum, his dad and the budgie live happily ever after. Cooper thought this story was a little odd. How can a budgie not like bird seed? She loved the illustrations and thought a budgie locking its people in a cage was hilarious. She was glad the budgie didn’t eat the postman. After eating the post man’s parcels and letters she was worried that he might be next. Cooper also thinks that feeding your budgie ice cream, cake, toffee apples, strawberry jelly, chips, sausages, hamburgers, honey buns and chocolate mousse is a very bad idea. Budgies should stick to fruits and vegetables, no matter how big they become.
This month’s book is Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert.In Feathers for Lunch, a cat slips out the door and goes on the prowl for a birdie lunch. Luckily, the bell on the cat’s collar warns the birds that danger is near.Cooper thought this book was a bit scary. But she was glad all the birds were able to fly away safely in the end.She liked the colorful illustrations. She thought the guide at the end of the book was a good way for young readers to learn about the different types of birds that might appear in their neighborhoods.
This month’s book is That Quail, Robert by Margaret Stanger.Cape Cod, 1962 – on finding an abandoned quail egg, Thomas and Mildred Kienzle bring it home. After washing and disinfecting it, they leave it on a counter as a decoration. Soon, Robert the quail emerges and becomes a cherished member of the family. The book is written by Margaret Stanger, their neighbor and quail sitter.
Robert’s antics and personality make her a local and later, national celebrity. Thousands of people would visit the Kienzle’s to meet Robert. From swallowing one of Mildred’s diamonds to taking a bath in the broccoli and cream sauce at a dinner party, Robert is always entertaining. Cooper thought this book was sweet and charming and thinks that we should adopt a quail or two. Her favorite part of the book was when Robert proved she was female by laying an egg.
This month’s book is the bestseller, The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly by Sun-mi Hwang.Sprout is a caged hen whose dream is to live with the free range chickens and hatch one of her eggs. When she can no longer lay, the farmer and his wife decide to cull Sprout from the flock. Sprout manages to escape, but is shunned by the other farm animals.
The little hen ends up raising a chick (though not her own) and faces many challenges living life in the wild.
Cooper loved this little gem of a book. She admired Sprout for her bravery and for not giving up even when the odds were against her. She thought the book was touching, and while she teared up on occasion, she would highly recommend this wonderful story of acceptance, love and sacrifice.