Tuesday, April 4, 2017

MEMOIRS OF A PARROT by Devin Scillian. Illus. by Tim Bowers.  Ann Arbor, MI: Sleeping Bear Press, 2016.  32p.  ISBN 978-1-58536962-1 hc. $16.99     Gr. K-3     E PIC
Day One - Brock reveals the inner thoughts of a parrot living in Wilbur's Pet Shop.  This opinionated parrot prefers the company of the other animals in the shop to the strange people who try to coax a few words from him.  Six days later, he's been sold to Todd, a ukulele playing young man who names him "Echo" and attempts to teach him to talk.  Readers catch on that the parrot already knows how to talk and has an abundance of sarcastic wit.  On the positive side, Todd is generous with crackers for his parrot who promptly drops them into the toaster for a crispy treat.  Todd and "Echo" don't hit it off at first, until a cracker starts to burn inside the toaster, creating clouds of smoke. Quick action on the parts of Todd and his beloved pet save the day and ignite the flame of mutual respect.   Tim Bowers' large colorful illustrations add another dimension to the story, especially the distinct facial expressions of animals and humans alike.  This is the fourth in a series of books by Scillian and Bowers - "Memoirs of a Goldfish" (2010), "Memoirs of a Hamster" (2013), and "Memoirs of an Elf" (2014).
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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