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.
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.
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.
And look for the hilarious sequel, Wordy Birdy Meets Mr. Cougarpants!
Praise for Wordy Birdy:
A Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year
“laugh-out-loud funny . . . caregivers will certainly find this chuckleworthy.”—Kirkus
"amusing and entertaining"—School Library Journal
"an entertaining approach to the topic of listening."—Booklist
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.