From School Library Journal
Grade 3-6-Edward Ormondroyd's 20-year-old fantasy title (Purple House Press, 2nd ed., 2001) makes a welcome re-appearance in this full-cast recorded version. He narrates it himself, bringing a lively interpretation to his words thanks to an energetic and touching reading. Young Galen Druke reads the part of David, providing a terrific feel for the awe-struck child who desperately wants his novel education to continue with his secret friend, the Phoenix. From their hidden mountain ledge, they launch visits to a Banshee, a Griffon, and other fantastic beings while plotting to avoid discovery by a scientist who wants to kill and study the Phoenix. But as the Phoenix's 500th birthday approaches, he begins to build a huge nest of twigs and branches without quite knowing why. When he and David both realize what is happening, their anguish and sense of loss is apparent. Yet the story ends on a hopeful and even triumphant note of renewal. The recording offers listeners a fine opportunity to become acquainted with this winsome fantasy, perfect for independent or family listening. Classroom use with younger students would provide a great introduction to longer tales from the fantasy genre. School and public libraries will want this for their patrons looking for such offerings.Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY
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"...charming, funny, and touching fantasy. Move over, Harry Potter. David and his Phoenix deserve a place next to you..." -- Brad Strickland, Author
...enchanting book ...distinguished by Ormondroyd's deft, literate prose. -- A Common Reader
Booklust's librarian Nancy Pearl recommends her childhood favorite, as "the Phoenix leads David on an adventurous journey." -- NPR's Morning Edition summer reading list, May 16, 2005
Edward Ormondroyd has written a stimulating, ageless story. It combines beautiful writing, topnotch adventure, and enchanting fantasy. -- Chicago Tribune