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Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight [Kindle Edition]

David Anderson
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A story for kids who know they have wings...

Charlie Sparrow has no idea he can fly. It's no wonder-in Tree City, none of the birds know anything about flying at all. Not Charlie's parents, not his friends, not the doctors or police. But Charlie is sure there's a magical secret behind his feathers. He'll do anything to find out what it is, even break the laws of Tree City. Will he figure out the truth before Doctor Nightingale straps him in the plucking chair and pulls the lever, plucking his beautiful feathers?

This entertaining and inspiring chapter book for kids ages 6-9 has over thirty illustrations.

Editorial Reviews


"Spare, charming black and white illustrations decorate the pages... An intriguing, imaginative tale emerges, with plenty of fun, eccentric reality, and pluck. Charlie is an inspiring underdog hero. It is easy to imagine that this story has comforted children who have experienced the cruelty of bullying...Charlie works himself out of many curious conundrums and obstacles before he realizes his dream and discovers he can fly. What an exciting realization! Children will love 'Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight'" - Midwest Book Review: Children's Bookwatch, Vol. 23, No. 5

"[T]he pace never, original, and quirky characters....An intriguing children's story about a tiny bird earning his wings." - Kirkus Reviews

"[A] clever, fun story...Anderson has created an ingenious little community...[the] characters are a delight...[The book] promises an enjoyable read." - Foreword Clarion Reviews

"[A] book that inspires to thoughtfulness...entertaining and illustrations...not only interesting to children but also...FUN for the adult reader...It is a treasure." - Ulrika Nilsson for Readers' Favorite

Product Details

  • File Size: 1509 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Underdog Books; 2 edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is it secret??? December 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book was free on Amazon a few days ago. The cover and story seemed so unique I had to download and read this book. Wow, what a truly interesting and unique book. Anderson has created a book that any child will love.

A book about birds that cannot fly. This is truly one of those book that any child will treasure and read over and over.

Thanks for such an interesting and wonderful read David

The Bunnies and I give this book 5 carrots.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good until the climax was too easy July 22, 2013
When I received the opportunity to read a free copy of Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight, I thought, "Well . . . why not?" Talking animal books aren't really my thing, mostly because I tend to feel like the animals are over-anthropomorphized (just humans in different shape). But this book pleasantly surprised me.

I liked the concept of a society of birds who don't know they are capable of flight; the concept was executed surprisingly well, too, way better than I expected. I kept on asking myself the question, "Yeah, but why is Charlie the only bird to figure it out?" -- and the author answered it pretty satisfactorily. The conflict was interesting and well-executed, the writing flows smoothly, and the number of illustrations in the book surprised and impressed me. All to the good.

The illustrations I'm more neutral about, as they're a bit amateur. Still, since the author drew them himself, I feel this is mitigated by the coolness of the author doing his own illustrating. The illustrations for the covers are a bit more problematic to me, since the coloring looks like it was done in markers by a nine-year-old kid, and that's not a very appealing coloring style to me. But the overall design of the front and back covers are great, and I think a nine-year-old kid might very well like the coloring style of the cover illustrations better than me, so that's okay.

So why the three stars? Well, there were two serious issues, and two minor ones, and I couldn't overlook these.

The first minor issue is that there are quite a few typos, for a book this size. I think I counted about five or six in the first thirty pages. Now, after that, I don't think I noticed any, so it just needs a little proofreading at the beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE STARS FOR THIS GREAT AUTHOR March 21, 2013
Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight: David Anderson

Acceptance is something that many people never attain especially when they are born with a disability. Some are disabilities affect their learning while others inhibit them physically. Children all too often learn from their parents to walk away from another child that appears to be different or even a different race or color. Charlie Sparrow is special and believe it or not can fly. Now, what is so amazing about that? Well: Charlie has not idea why he can fly or how he learned. Sometimes we are born with an innate ability to do something and it just comes naturally. Other times we try really hard and practice a sport, instrument or in this case flying moves you might say to excel at something that makes us unique and special. Charlie lives in a place called Tree City where no other bird can fly. His parents, not his other bird friends or even the doctors living there can fly. But, Charlie has feathers and when he starts to think about them he feels that just maybe his are magical secret ones that allow him to do special things.

Charlie loves to climb the stairs, his first time out climbing up the staircases of their trees something stirs within him and what happens shocks the Blackbirds, Woodpeckers and his parents. Next, he and Fanny Finch decide to see who can swing the highest and what happens causes his mother concern and forces her to put him to bed. Poor Charlie!

Some doctors really care about their patients while others like Dr. Nightingale well you decide. Old, really scary looking when you see his picture and not very friendly poor Charlie meets this man and what he says will definitely not set well with Charlie and forces him to take action on his own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Characters and a nice message April 20, 2013
Charlie Sparrow was going to help his Dad fix the guard rails in Tree City. The guard rails are there so no bird falls out of the tree they live in. In Charlie's world, none of the birds fly. They actually don't know they can fly! While Charlie is helping his dad, he slips and falls, but when he spreads his arms something miraculous happens! He floats down and lands softly below. Charlie realizes there is something special about the feathers on his arms. His parents take Charlie to see Doctor Nightingale. He says Charlie has Leaping Syndrome. The doctor recommends clipping Charlie's feathers! Charlie needs to find out why feathers are special before he is plucked!

The story in the book was good. The plot had a message about how one person can make a change, even if it means going up against a whole bunch of people who don't believe you. Charlie was a very good main character. He was brave and believed in himself. I really like the message the book gave. I didn't care for the illustrations in the book and thought they didn't really add to the story. The book was a quick read for me, but I didn't think the story was cut short because of it.
**NOTE I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disclaimer: This review is written by an adult. ...
Disclaimer: This review is written by an adult. That being said, Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight was okay. Just okay. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Aunt Jane
3.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight
This is a cute little story, with some scary parts. It is scary and tense when they try and de-feather Charlie, the whole court room scene, and the police raiding the hide-out. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
David pens "Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of Flight" in a truly unique plot about birds that cannot fly. Read more
Published 22 months ago by My Cozie Corner {Book Reviews}
5.0 out of 5 stars got it for my greatgrandson.
so great to have different stories to read to my greatgrandson. when i read it to him he was captivated.
Published 22 months ago by Wanda H. Bullard
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Imagination!
Charlie Sparrow is very young and according to his parents he is acting strange by jumping from heights. This is not normal behavior he could harm himself. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to Fly
My Review: Charlie went with his dad to the top of the tree to help repair the long staircase that coiled around the tree. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mymcbooks
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!
My daughter loved this book, and I loved that it was at the exact level that she is at currently at reading wise and she was actually reading this to me. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Dad of Divas
5.0 out of 5 stars Child's book
I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read it to my grandchildren. They are 7 and 3 and I think they will both enjoy it. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Becky faulkner
4.0 out of 5 stars Charlie Sparrow and the Secret of flight
Enjoyed this book. Has a wonderful moral for young kids. Good bedtime story. An easy read and the youngsters loved it.
Published on February 5, 2013 by Michael James Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book that children love!
My daughter loved this book. She's been getting bullied a lot at school and she now plays 'Charlie' pretending she can fly around the house. Read more
Published on January 18, 2013 by kidsread
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David Anderson is a kids' chapter book author who also doodles pictures. He enjoys reading and collecting vinyl records.

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