In this odd little story, award-winning young adult novelist Donna Jo Napoli (Zel, Spinners, etc.) takes her first stab at writing a picture book. It's quirky, it's whimsical... It's a little perplexing. The moral, apparently, is that we need to seize life by the lapels, take the good with the bad, not hide our heads underground. But this message may apply more strongly to adults, especially as the protagonist himself is a young man. Still, children will love the idea of a bird building its nest in someone's hand. With colored pencils, Jim LaMarche creates luminous full-page illustrations with charming details and intriguing angles. (Ages 5 to 8) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The illustrations in this book are marvellous.
In this far-fetched fairy tale of a fearful man's transformation, the reader explores positive and negative emotions. Read more
My grqnd-daughter (age 7) Sidney thinks this is an EXCELLENT book. She likes to hear it again and again. And I like to read it to her.Published 16 months ago by Stephen D. Krashen
I use this novel to teach theme and character change to my fourth grade class at the beginning of a fiction unit. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Leese
The illustrations are fabulous. (Thank you, Jim Lamarche) But the story is delightful, as well. I love the way Albert changes as the story unfolds. Read morePublished 19 months ago by cleansingavenger
I read to a K-5th school once a month since my retirement as librarian. This book has such deep feeling about being alone and how it is up to the individual to face life. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Karen Perigo