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Wordy birdy
2018
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Wordy Birdy is the definition of a flibbertigibbet, and she's not a little narcissistic ("Do you think there's an award for Bird of the Year?"). Above all, she's a terrible listener. But Wordy Birdy's patient friends-Squirrel, Rabbit, and Raccoon-still care about her, and when she ignores their warnings and stumbles into the path of a hungry bear, they intervene and guide her to safety. It's a slight story, and Wordy Birdy's escape from the bear doesn't register-readers may think they skipped a page. But Sauer (Truck, Truck, Goose!) and Mottram (Race Car Dreams) work hard to ingratiate themselves. The characters' comic expressions have a genial, sitcom familiarity, Wordy Birdy's prattling is suitably inane ("My third cousin Barb is a penguin. Really!"), and there's some droll breaking of the fourth wall. When the narrator tries to underplay Wordy Birdy's inattentiveness, Rabbit looks at the audience and remarks "Oh, puh-lease," while Raccoon dryly asks, "Are we talking about the same bird here?" Ages 3-7. Author's agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary. Illustrator's agency: Bright Group. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Meet Wordy Birdy, a very chatty bird who talks WAY more than she listens! A hilarious new story from Tammi Sauer, beloved author of Nugget & Fang , Chicken Dance , and My Alien .<br> <br> Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk. "Hello, sunrise. Hello, pink sky. Hello, orange sky. . . ." But does she love to listen? NOPE . One day, while she's walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water: "That's a pretty tree and that's a pretty tree and that's a pretty danger sign and that's a pretty tree. . . ." Will this inattentive bird walk right into danger? Will her faraway thoughts lead her along a path of doom? It's up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend.<br> <br> Author Tammi Sauer will have kids and their parents in stitches with this funny, fast-paced, lovable caper about the importance of paying attention--and the importance of standing by your friends through thick and thin.<br> <br> "laugh-out-loud funny . . . caregivers will certainly find this chuckleworthy."-- Kirkus<br> <br> "amusing and entertaining"-- School Library Journal<br> <br> "an entertaining approach to the topic of listening."-- Booklist
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