All day long, you're on the go.
You don't have time to watch a crow.
But we're here . . . and here . . . and there.
We poke our beaks in everywhere.
Crows can be noisy. They can be nosy and bold, too, which some people find annoying. But if you are lucky enough to live in a place where crows roost, you know they can also be funny, ingenious, and beautiful.
Beautiful to look at and fun to read aloud, this book created by Sheila Keenan and Kevin Duggan will make imaginations soar as high as the crow flies.
Books about humans observing animals are common; this book turns the tables, imagining crows watching us. "Mean while, you don't have a clue:/ We've got our bird's eye trained on you," writes Keenan (Greetings from the 50 States) as a crow is shown taking food out of a dog's bowl right in front of the dog it's leashed, the clever bird knows. First-time illustrator Duggan's images mix static calm with dynamism, tranquil cityscapes with speeding cars. His portraits of crows and their antics are faithful and careful, and he makes especially effective use of panels to convey sequences of events. It's more of a naturalist's journal than a nonfiction reference the scenes were inspired by crow behavior the husband-and-wife team witnessed firsthand. One series of panels shows a crow in flight carrying, dropping, and recapturing a plastic straw, attesting to the birds' startling capacity for play: "Garbage that you leave behind/ is just the game we had in mind." Read ers should look more closely at crows after they read Keenan and Duggan's book, but not before lingering over the illustrations. Ages 4 6.