This month’s book is No Way, Winky Blue! by Pamela Jane with illustrations by G. Brian Karas.
Rosie wants a dog who can do tricks and rescue people from danger, but Aunt Maria says their house is too big for a dog. At the pet store, Rosie and her friend Michael decide a little blue parakeet would make a great pet. After she gets her aunt’s permission and uses most of her allowance, Rosie brings Winky Blue home. At first, Rosie is enamored with her little bird, doting on him and even making him a little magical playland. But when Winky Blue refuses to talk or do tricks (like carrying messages), she finds him to be a disappointment and throws a cover over his cage. After a talk with her Aunt Maria and an afternoon to clear her mind, Rosie realizes that she doesn’t need Winky Blue to be a hero or star, and she should enjoy him just the way he is. Rosie races home, excited to see her parakeet only to find she left the cage door and window open. Will Rosie be able to find Winky Blue?
Cooper thought this was a great little book. She liked that Rosie learned to appreciate and love Winky Blue whether he was a “star” or an ordinary parakeet. No Way, Winky Blue! was inspired by the author’s childhood pet, Winky Blue. There are six books in the series, and Cooper is looking forward to reading the further adventures of Rosie and Winky Blue.
This month’s book is Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte.
It started with a Rabbit named Binky… Writer Bob Tarte and his wife Linda move to a house in rural Michigan. Linda talks Bob into getting a rabbit. Before long the couple acquires more rabbits. And geese. And turkeys. And cats. And parrots. And doves. And a starling. And a canary. And budgies. And of course, ducks. Cooper loved this book about the Tartes, and their ever increasing animal family. She found it to be very funny and sweet, and as with life with animals goes, sad (warning, have some Kleenex handy). Though the title refers to ducks, Cooper thought the real stars of the book were budgies Farley, Rossy, Reggie and Sophie.
She highly recommends this charming book and is looking forward to reading the author’s next book, Fowl Weather.
This month’s book is Goodnight, Little Bird, written and illustrated by Julia Carvalho.
In this book, the author tells a sweet cockatiel all the reasons why it is loved before bedtime. Being silly, being kind and being brave are some of the ways in which the tiel is adored. All the reasons can be applied little humans as well when you tuck them into bed. *This book is religious (Jesus, bible quote and prayers)
This month’s book is Pretty Perilous Parakeet by L.G. Cunningham.
Archie, who wants to be a zookeeper, loves animals. He has many pets that he keeps in the garage (his mother will not allow them in the house). One day, he and his family take a drive out to a creepy animal sanctuary. His sister Sophia decides she wants to bring home a little yellow parakeet, and that’s when the trouble starts.
Archie is wary of the new bird. His suspicion that something is off is realized when the parakeet swallows Trevor the snake. After the bird causes trouble at school, brother and sister decide to return the parakeet to the sanctuary. Will Archie and Sophia be able to rid themselves of the tiny yellow fiend? Or will they become the next victims or the pretty, perilous parakeet?
Cooper liked that, evil or not, the parakeet was the star of the show. She was not thrilled that Archie and his family kept the parakeet by itself in a garage under a cover all day. She did not like it when Sophia threw Lizzie the lizard, either. Archie and his family need to learn how to take better care of their pets. Cooper was definitely #teamparakeet. Other than the treatment of the animals, Cooper thought that children will enjoy this spooky tale where a brother and sister learn to work together to solve their problems.
This month’s book is Your First Budgie Art by Enrique Videla.
It’s Debbie’s birthday, and her present is a bird cage – soon to be the home to her brand new budgie. At the pet store, she picks out her new pet – a blue budgie she names Charlie. The pet store owner gives her advice on how to care for the newest member of the family.
Cooper enjoyed the comic book style of the story. She thought it was a fun way to teach humans about how to properly care for a budgie. The book was published in the 80s, so some of the information is a bit out of date (providing gravel), but it has some good tips for first time bird owners.
Cooper would like to thank friends Kelle and John for sending this book. XOXO
This month’s book is Chicken Thoughts: Comics About Birds by Sarah Wymer.
Chicken Thoughts: Comics About Birds is a compilation of popular cartoon strips by artist Sarah Wymer.
Cooper thought this book was sweet and funny. Her favorite strips were the two that featured budgies. Of course, Cooper thinks the whole book should have starred budgies (Budgie Thoughts!).
Anyone who lives with birds will relate to the antics of Chicken, Blue Boy and their feathered friends. Included in the collection are some never before seen comics. If you are a bird lover or have a bird lover in your life, Chicken Thoughts would make a perfect holiday (or birbday) gift.
This month’s book is Henny the Parakeet by Annette M. Spector, in collaboration with David E. Greenberg.
Henny the parakeet is the best birthday present an 8 year old can ask for. He learns to talk, eats dinner with his family and is very popular in his apartment building. Henny even goes to school to take part in Show in Tell.
But one day, Henny accidentally flies out a window. His family is devastated and searches for him every day – even offering a reward. Will Henny make his way home to his worried family?
Cooper loved that Henny’s family treasured him and knew what a special budgie he was. She thought the message, “Never give up hope” is an important one. Especially when it comes to lost or sick pets. Cooper loves a happy ending and was so happy that Henny was found and reunited with his loving family.
This month’s book is Petunia Paris’s Parrot by Katie Haworth.
Petunia Paris is a very wealthy girl. Every year on her birthday she has gotten whatever she asked for. When Petunia turns five, she decides she wants the “most perfectest parrot”.
Paris’s perfect parrot turns out to not be so perfect to Paris. Despite her best efforts, she cannot make her parrot talk.
Cooper very much enjoyed this book. The illustrations (by Jo Williamson) were fun, and the book has a colorful foldout page of the happy ending. She liked that Paris learned some valuable lessons. By listening to what her parrot wanted (to go to Peru) she was able to have the most perfectest 6th birthday party. Who wouldn’t want to have a parrot party in Peru?
This month’s book is Unflappable by Suzie Gilbert (wildlife rehabilitator and author of Flyaway – reviewed by Cooper, here) .
Suzie Gilbert’s newest book is the story of wildlife rehabber Luna, and her quest to rescue Mars, a stolen bald eagle. With the aid of the rehabber community, an ex Navy Seal and her getaway driver Ned, Luna and Mars make their escape. Hot on her tail are her controlling billionaire husband and his henchman, the police and a federal fish and wildlife officer. Will Luna and Mars evade their pursuers and make it safely to an eagle sanctuary in Canada?
Cooper enjoys a good bird book (even if the main character is not a budgie). Unflappable is an adventure packed with characters, danger and romance (which blooms for more than one couple). The love and the commitment the rehabbers have for what they do shines through. Cooper loved how they all worked together, against the odds, to rescue and reunite Mars and his mate, Banshee. She thought it was nice that the humans had happy endings as well.