This month’s book is Billy and Emma, by Alice Mead.
Billy and Emma are a pair of macaws who live at the Willowby Zoo. Two times a day, the birds put on a show. Billy climbs a ladder and rings a bell, and Emma plays the toy piano. One night a burglar steals Emma away. Billy is crestfallen and with the help of Nancy the crow, decides to find Emma.
Cooper thought this was a great book. She was happy that Billy and Emma were reunited and that the burglar was caught. She wished that the burglar had to spend more than three days in jail, but as Nancy the crow explains, “People aren’t punished much for hurting birds”.
Cooper enjoyed the big colorful illustrations (by Christy Hale), and thought the author’s note, which described the different birds in the book, was informative for young and older readers alike.
This month’s book is I Hate Everyone, Except You by Clinton Kelly.
This book is a collection of humorous essays about TV personality/fashion consultant Clinton Kelly. Despite the fantastic cover, however, there is not one mention of budgies. Cooper was not pleased.
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 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 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.
This month’s book is Beaky’s Guide to Caring for Your Birds by Isabel Thomas.Cooper thinks this is a great book for anyone considering a bird as a pet. It has information on choosing and cleaning a cage, what to feed (and not feed) your bird, handling your pet, etc. The book is filled with cute illustrations (by Rick Peterson) and photos. Some of the photos are by Cooper’s friend Karon Dubke. Cooper was excited to see Karon’s budgies, Bert and Ernie, in the book. She also liked that the book states that animal shelters and rescues are the best places to get new pets. Cooper agrees with the author that budgies need lots of toys – and that you don’t need to wait for your bird’s birthday to buy new ones!
This month’s book is Birdology by Sy Montgomery.In Birdology, author and naturalist Sy Montgomery shines a light on the bird world. The book is divided into segments: chickens, cassowaries, hummingbirds, hawks, pigeons, parrots and crows. Montgomery combines science and storytelling in a way that makes for an entertaining read. Birdology not only shows us what fascinating creatures birds are, but reminds us how important they are to our world.
Cooper loved this book. She thought the author accurately portrayed the emotions, intelligence and abilities of her feathered friends. Her favorite part of the book was Montgomery’s green budgie, Jerry. He makes an appearance in the introduction. “Among the many things he showed me was that birds stir our souls in ways that change our lives.” Cooper thinks the author should have included a chapter about budgies. But maybe it would have been too difficult to cram the wonder of budgies into just one chapter. Surely, it would take an entire book for that. Budgieology…