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Kindergarten-Grade 2–Penguin is having a fine day until a flying goose lets loose on his jacket. Reminded that he is restricted to the ground and that the Flappers get to have all the fun, the Waddler summons other flightless birds–Ostrich, Kiwi, and Cassowary–and convinces them of the need to invent a flying machine. Once aloft in their hot-air balloon, Penguin finally felt the thrill of target pooping. The straightforward text shows the various sounds and noises either in capitals–SPLAT–or in a wavy line to indicate the flying and floating in the sky. Colorful acrylic-and-pencil illustrations not only add humor–worms are shown squirming out of Penguin's sandwich by day, and the birds sport flight goggles–but also depict trouble–the sky turns a blackish-purple when a thunderstorm hits. In a turnabout of fate, Penguin poops on the geese to get their attention and the kindhearted Flappers facilitate the rescue of the Waddlers. Pair this book with other titles about unlikely friendships for a theme about learning from others.–Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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"Brown's debut offers young readers insight into the pleasures of having a dream...and going for it. Children will happily fly with him."―Kirkus

"Breathtaking... an engaging and mischievous romp."―Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316083399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316083393
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Christian Seitz on December 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
It is rare to find a book that can appeal to such a large audience. To children, the message is clear, positive, and entertaining. To humorous adults, it's just plain funny and a joy to read repeatedly. And to art critics, Peter Brown's work in this book is museum-worthy! Buy this book as a gift for anyone who fits these categories, and remember to pick one up for yourself!
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I bought this book for my nieces a few weeks ago and they read it over and over again. They love what the story is about and since there's a little bird doodoo involved it was an instant hit. I like how it shows the kids how much you can accomplish if you work together. It has a great ending as well. Everyone should get this book for their children. It's an excellent holiday gift.
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I loved this book! You can almost feel the birds' joy when they could finally fly. Perfect for kids and the kid in all us adults. The art is exquisite and the humor and wit is for all ages. I predict a brilliant future for this young author-artist.
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I just read this book to my 5 year old twins, who had it recommended to them by their school librarian. We all enjoyed it immensely (although be forewarned there is a lot of poo humor and poo-related illustrations!) I thought the pictures were quite well-done: the birds are modernist but full of personality. I liked this as much as "Diary of a Worm", also a favorite of our family.
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I was first captivated by the illustrations in this book. Brown is a wonderful and detailed artist! The comical pictures add so much to this children's book. The story itself reveals the importance of persistence and teamwork. Way to go Peter Brown!
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A friend gave this book to my daughter for her birthday, but I think I enjoy it as much as she does. On the very first page a flightless bird (Penguin) gets pooped on by a flying bird (a Goose)...that was all I needed to know that I'd love this book. What a funny concept! My kids and I giggle constantly throughout the entire adventure. Anyone who wants to have a fun, silly time reading with their children should try "Flight of the Dodo." Oh, and I almost forgot to add that the art is absolutely incredible.
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If you can't enjoy a little potty humor now and again, well, poo on you! I recently watched this book read to a crowd of kids ages 3-7 who were bent over with the giggles. Many of them had never been pooped on by a bird, but they were imagining the humiliation and ick factor with a great deal of glee. Underneath the humor is a well delivered message that revenge is not sweet--but cooperation is. The illustrations are FABULOUS! I cannot wait to see what Peter Brown drops on us next.
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My 5-year-old son and I read this book together one night and we both laughed from the beginning to the end. The story was fresh and the drawing was detailed. We couldn't help read it one more time. Then my son read it with my wife. The next morning, he was reading it again while having his breakfast. A very nice book!
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