Update: Budgerigar Book

From Sarah Harris, author:

Basically the answer to our shipping issue is that Amazon UK has no stock as their stock comes from Australia and is not being sent because it is non-essential.
Amazon US apparently is always later with Australian titles and it will not be available until January 2021.
Booktopia does not send overseas only within Australia and NZ.

The options are Book Depository – and publisher warns there could be long delivery delays in spite of what they say on their site. But if people are patient they can get hard copy that way.
Or the ebook, which is available for immediate download on ebooks.com or Amazon.


Cooper landed on the cover of SA Weekend!

Article inside includes an extract from the book Budgerigar: How a Brave, Chatty and Colourful Little Aussie Bird Stole the World’s Heart by Sarah Harris and Don Baker.

Cooper’s Book Report

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.

Cooper’s Book Report

This month’s book is Andy Gets the Blame by Freda M. Hurt.a1Ten year old Andy wants to buy her Aunty Loo a blue budgerigar for Christmas. But she hasn’t enough money. Each of Andy’s schemes to earn the 21 shillings for a budgie end in disaster. The worst happens when she is accused of stealing a budgie from an aviary. Will Andy be able to clear her name and give her aunt the most wonderful Christmas gift ever?a2Cooper loved this book. She thought the story was charming and was pleased that it had a happy ending. Someone who would worry and plan as much as Andy did for a budgie would probably make a great budgie slave – er, owner. Cooper particularly liked that the coveted budgie was blue.