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Honey the Hero (Bird Brain Books Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Emlyn Chand , Sarah Shaw
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 44 pages
  • Series: Bird Brain Books (Book 1)
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Book Description

Honey the Hero by Emlyn Chand (Illustrated by Sarah Shaw)

Evolved Publishing brings you the first of the charming and colorful Bird Brain Books series. This children's picture book, with full color illustrations by artist Sarah Shaw, is sure to bring great fun and the joy of reading to kids 3 years old and up. [DRM-Free]

[Children’s Picture Books, Birds, Animals, Values, Friendship, Imagination, Adventure, Australia]

Honey, an inquisitive, young parakeet living in the Australian Outback, decides to become a superhero after she spies a human family watching Superman. Since she already has the power of flight, all she needs to do is create a costume to conceal her true identity and then fly off in search of animals that need rescuing.

Unfortunately, every time she tries to help, Honey only ends up making matters worse. She spoils Kangaroo’s game of hide-and-go-seek by revealing his hiding place to Wallaby; Mr. Anteater must go hungry when she alerts the ants to his presence, and Mrs. Koala is made a laughingstock among bears when Honey pretends to be her Joey. Finally realizing that she’s not as heroic as she’d like, Honey gives up her day-saving efforts.

But what happens when someone actually needs Honey’s help? Will she rise to the challenge?

There’s only one way to find out: join Honey in her Australian superhero adventure.

Discover the Full Bird Brain Books Series

  • Honey the Hero
  • Davey the Detective
  • Poppy the Proud
  • Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating
  • Courtney Saves Christmas
  • Vicky Finds a Valentine
  • Izzy the Inventor
  • Ricky the Runt
  • Larry the Lonely
  • Sammy Steals the Show
  • Polly Wants to be a Pirate


What others are saying about the Bird Brain Books by Emlyn Chand

Poppy the Proud: "Poppy the Proud has so many great lessons in it - including teaching children that everyone is special and beautiful in their own way. The writing is perfect for the younger age set, and the beautiful illustrations by Sarah Shaw will help keep your little one engaged. My 5 year old loved it and reading Poppy brought about a conversation about bragging, friendship, and being special." – Karen Toz

Courtney Saves Christmas: "This book is so stinkin' cute. My kiddos loved it. The illustrations [by Noelle Giffin] are fun and really captivated my 4 and 5 year old. I love that Courtney's adventure began because she wanted to say, "thank you." What a great message to send during the holidays. I have a feeling this book will be read long after Christmas has come and gone." – Delphina “Delphina Reads Too Much”

Vicky Finds a Valentine: “This children's book is so cute and really let's young children know what being friends is all about. The illustrations, done once again by Noelle Giffin, lend a nice touch to a great book. This book is for the younger set up to about 9 years old. I highly recommend this book to be in any child's library. Both thumbs up!” – Naila Moon

Editorial Reviews


"Honey is my favorite because she is good and cool." - Arriana Rock, a 3-year-old reviewer

"The illustrations are beautiful. My 2-year-old was very excited to see 'the birds' on my screen. They made her giggle." - Jill Cooper, author of The Dream Slayer

"Young readers will enjoy this book, and older readers will enjoy reading it to them!" - A well-intentioned bird lover

"This whimsical story of Honey, the heroic little bird of the Australian Outback, positively captivated me! Although Ms. Chand is a superb storyteller, it's the lessons about heroism and life that, for me, make this such a compelling and inspirational read." - Terri Giuliano Long, best-selling author of In Leah's Wake

"The story is beautifully and sympathetically written, so that the young ones are not overwhelmed with big words, especially if they try to read it themselves. If you have an inquisitive young child or two, then they will love this book." - Lynn Worton, reviewer at Book Mews and Tattle Tails

From the Author

Whether you've read my books in the past or are still trying to decide whether they're something you'd like to read, I'm glad you're here. It's readers like you that have made all my crazy dreams--you know the ones that everyone said were impossible--come true. You are the ones who keep me writing, keep me inspired, keep me sane. And for that, I owe you a gigantic thank you.

You see, I started writing as a way to feel a little less lonely in this far too impersonal world. Since then, I've made it my mission to write and talk about the issues facing today's youth, the issues that are often overlooked in entertainment because they're conceived as gritty, taboo, or simply "too depressing."

In the Farsighted Series, I tackle topics like racism, self-esteem and eating disorders, physical disabilities, and teen substance abuse.

In the Bird Brain Books, the lessons are far simpler--remember to say thank you when someone does something nice for you, know that who you are is what makes you special rather than what you look like, appreciate love, friendship, and beauty where ever you can find it.

I've connected with some amazing people who share my same outlook on today's literary landscape, and I've made fantastic friends in the process. At the end of the day, I love hearing from people who've read my books, and I welcome emails, Facebook messages, tweets--any way you'd like to get in touch with me, it just makes my day.

Every now and then, I like to reach out to readers with free Advance Review Copies or other giveaways on my site, and I'm planning to do so much more of that in 2013. To keep up with these opportunities, please come on over and subscribe to my newsletter at

You can also email me at or find me on Facebook, Twitter, or GoodReads. I look forward to hearing from you!

Product Details

  • File Size: 2932 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (April 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WK9TA8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #282,083 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful and Charming Children's Book April 22, 2012
Honey is an inquisitive young parakeet living in the Australian Outback. She decides to become a hero after spying a human family watching Superman. As she already has the power of flight, she just needs to create a costume to conceal her identity and find animals that need help.
Unfortunately, every time she tries to help, she only manages to make matters worse. But what happens when someone really needs her help. Will Honey rise to the challenge?

Honey is a charming character that is sweetly innocent in her attempts at being a hero. But when she tries to help, she only seems to make matters worse. I know a few humans, me included, who have had the same intentions and things have not gone according to plan. The message I got from the story was that no matter how hard you try, you cannot help everyone, but one day you may just be in the right place, at the right time to do so.

This is a children's book that is aimed at the five to six year-old range.
This is Emlyn Chand's first foray into children's books and is a fantastic read for the young ones. The story is beautifully and sympathetically written, so that the young ones are not overwhelmed with big words, especially if they try to read it themselves. The illustrations by Sarah Shaw are perfect, and complements the story in their simplicity. If you have an inquisitive young child or two, then they will love this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Have no fear, Honey the superhero parakeet is here! April 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What do you do when you're a young parakeet living in the Australian Outback and you long to explore your world? You become a superhero, that's what you do.

At least that's what Honey, the star of Emlyn Chand's newly released kids book, does.
Inspired by a television show Honey watches through the window of a cottage on her travels, Honey decides to dedicate her life to helping other animals in need. The tricky part is who gets to decide if an animal really needs help.

Honey flits through the Outback, "rescuing" animals, only to find out they don't quite see the need for help the way Honey thinks they do.

But Honey never gives up, and one day, she comes upon a lost dingo that truly does need Honey to rescue him.

Honey's message is sweet in its simplicity. She stumbles the first few times she tries to help others, but helping has become her passion and she keeps trying until she gets it right. Not bad advice for birds, kids, and even we adults who read this book to the little ones in our lives.

Chand's charming story is accompanied by equally cute drawings by Sarah Shaw. The pictures remind me of the styles used in comic books, which I think is quite appropriate given the premise that Honey is a superhero. Honey gives little ones the feel of comic book "save the day" heroes, minus the "bam", "pow", and "crack" of comics for older kids and adults.
Honey the Hero is the first in the Bird Brain Books series.

Keep your eyes open for the adventures of Davey the detective and Poppy the peacock coming soon. Let's see what adventures these two birds fly into!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Kids Story April 22, 2012
I received this book as an advanced copy from the author and so glad I did. What a cute story to share with kids. Charming and warm a nice lesson for kids to learn that no matter how small, how often you feel you mess things up, and that you are not helpful everyone has there time. Everyone has their moment when the shine and are superheros and are needed to preform tasks that not all people can do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read filled with teaching moments July 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved the storyline in Honey the Hero. Having been an overachieving kid-and starting to see some of the same tendencies in my own child-I saw the incredible value in a tale of wanting to do something so badly, being unsuccessful at it, and yet abiding by the old "try, try again" adage. Honey teaches kids about perseverance, about rising from failure, and about never letting things get in the way of your passion. As if that wasn't enough, it also teaches them the value in helping others! It is literally filled with teaching moments (not just for kids, either!).

I love that Honey the Hero is a smart book. Although the storyline is simple (it has to be, to keep things interesting and quick for young kids), it's not simplistic. The story have excellent higher-level vocabulary (quaint, gazed, zipped, shapely, fluttered, mysteriously, frantic, flitted, nestled-the list goes on and on). As a parent who is forever obsessed with expanding my kid's vocabulary (which, right now, consists mostly of "doggie," "kitty," "up," and "hi"-but we're getting there) and exposing her to new words, this is essential. I loved that I, an adult, was able to read Honey without feeling cheated out of thinking. I kept imagining reading this story with my kids when they're older, and pausing to explain what the new words meant, and how they could use them.

Any parent worth his or her salt knows one thing for sure-if the pictures aren't pretty, the kids aren't sticking around. Thankfully, that's not a problem with Chand's Bird Brain Books. The illustrations are bright, colorful, crisp, and clear. They're a perfect complement to the story, letting parents sugarcoat the life skills medicine the books are handing out. Kudos to illustrator Sarah Shaw.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Honey the Hero
This is one of the sweetest kid stories I have ever read and Honey is absolutely adorable. I loved the costume she made - very creative. When she was sad, I was sad. Read more
Published 14 months ago by megHan - The Gal in the Blue Mask
4.0 out of 5 stars Honey is a hero!
I read this to my 6yo and we both loved it. My daughter can be very hard on herself for getting things wrong, and in this she related to Honey. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Di Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite in the Series
This is my favorite of the series so far. I think it has something to do with the fact that my daughter loves super heroes, and this one made me think of her. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ruth A. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Honey the Hero ! A great short bird story!
I liked it very much! It was a cute,sweet small bird story! It has a great moral to it! Great for helping one with low self -God esteem! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Angela
3.0 out of 5 stars Honey teaches that heroes come in all forms
Rating: 3.5

Source: Free e-copy from Story Cartel in exchange for a honest review

This story takes us on adventure with Honey the parakeet who is inspired to... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sheena-kay Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Cute!
Honey the hero is about a little bird in Australia who happens to watch a superhero on television and decides to be one too. Her helping people actually causes more mischief. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Denise Davis
3.0 out of 5 stars Honey the hero
My kids really enjoyed this book. I love the fact that it's set in the Australia Outback. I do wish there were more illustrations for my younger kids, but he seemed to enjoy the... Read more
Published 22 months ago by brensyo
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read Book For The Kid Within Every Person

Book Review: Honey The Hero By Emlyn Chand: A Must Read Book For The Kid Within Every Person

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Published 24 months ago by jaideep khanduja
5.0 out of 5 stars A true hero
I really enjoyed the story of Honey The Hero. It has a wonderful story line and can help teach kids that there is always some thing they can do to help, no matter how small they... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Jimmey Ewing
4.0 out of 5 stars Sure to engage young readers
With gorgeous, bright illustrations and stories that will certainly engage very young readers, the Bird Brain Book series is a winner. Read more
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