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Extended Audio Sample My Dad’s a Birdman, by David Almond Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (143 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Almond Narrator: Sarah Coomes Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In a rainy town in the north of England, there are strange goings-on. Dad is building a pair of wings, eating flies, and feathering his nest. Auntie Doreen is getting cross and making dumplings. Mr. Poop is parading the streets, shouting LOUDER and LOUDER, and even Mr. Mint, the headmaster, is getting in a flap. And watching it all is Lizzie, missing her mam and looking after Dad and thinking how beautiful the birds are. What’s behind it all? It’s the Great Human Bird Competition, of course! Download and start listening now!


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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Phoebe | 2/12/2014

    " Quirky and whimsical are two words that come to mind to describe this book. Little Lizzie is obviously worried about her dysfunctional father who hasn't showered or shaved or apparently done anything for a while, perhaps since her mother died. Her father is a skilled artist who once could make anything--and now all of a sudden the light of inspiration has visited him again, as he intends to enter the upcoming Great Human Bird Competition. This contest has drawn people from all over the world who must propel themselves over the river--somehow. Lizzie's dad has a brilliant plan (he thinks) and soon Lizzie is drawn into it too. The very British vernacular might confuse children, but the story itself is fairly child-appealing in a simplistic way and the art colorful and happy (and Quentin Blake-like), but adults won't be able to help cottoning to some of the more troubling issues that do not really become resolved by the end. Given Almond's previous literary forays into mental illness it is not surprising this book comes from him--it's just more playfully packaged. Also, echoes of Skellig might appear for some of us, with the bird references. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Betsy | 1/30/2014

    " One Sentence Review: Generally Almond's delicate prose and complementary darkness can be alluring to me, but when he shoots particularly young (as he does here) it leaves the reader feeling a bit perturbed in the process. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kristin Redmond | 1/29/2014

    " Very cute book about Lizzie and her father. Set in England, she more or less looks after her father. One day he starts acting stranger than usual - eating flies and worms and acting like a bird. Auntie Doreen shows up and she is even more concerned. Lizzie stays back from school to keep an eye on him and now she is worried. It turns out he has signed up for a human flying contest which is why he has made a giant pair of wings! The audio was great. very fun for young kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Farida | 1/23/2014

    " This is a lovely, off-beat book about a girl and her father dealing with the grief of the loss of the mother/wife. If there is such a thing as poignant humor, this book has it. Polly Dunbar's illustrations are great-- she's the one who illustrated Here's a Little Poem. "

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