Nicholas Allan The Bird

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The Bird

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9780385325738: The Bird

A quirky take on a favourite Bible story.

When the noisy, messy, bird arrives on the hermit’s quiet, tidy and peaceful island, the hermit is furious and he traps it in a cage. But then the hermit misses the bird’s song, and when the bird flies away he begs it not to go. When the bird returns the hermit is thrilled, that is until the ark arrives with all the other animals!

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About the Author:

Nicholas Allan studied Fine Art at the Slade and has completed an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His highly original picture books have won him several awards including the Sheffield Children's Book Award for The Queen's Knickers and the Federation of Children's Books Best Picture Book Award for Demon Teddy. He is also the author of Hilltop Hospital, a book that has been adapted into a BAFTA-winning television series. Nicholas Allan is the author/illustrator of over thirty children's books.

From School Library Journal:

Kindergarten-Grade 3APeacefully content on a deserted island, a hermit receives an unexpected visitor. Not only is the bird noisy, it also "splats" all over, making quite a mess. Not wanting to share his space, the man does what he can to contain the bird until it finally flies away. Now he is lonely, of course. He waits and waits. Expecting some sort of conclusion about sharing, readers wait as well. When the bird does return with "others" soon to follow, the unexpected surprise of who the others are throws all sense of didacticism out the window. Instead, this book provides an alternate perspective to the "Noah's Ark" tale that will amuse readers. The interaction between the text and art is masterful. Concise language is coupled with minimalist illustrations. Simple pen-and-ink cartoon lines are used for the characters, easily capturing the loner's changing emotions. A light wash of color establishes the background scenery while the man's clothing stands out in red. Allan makes particularly good use of turning the page to build suspense. Younger children will laugh at the bird's antics, while older readers will find the connection to a familiar story creative and clever.AMartha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI
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