The last thing Rowena wants in her life right now is a cockatoo with a crook temper. She's got enough problems of her own. For a start, she's just spattered two hundred grown-ups with jelly and custard. But a crazy cockatoo, Ro discovers, can be just the friend she needs.
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Born in the UK, Morris Gleitzman emigrated to Australia with his family at the age of sixteen. His career took off as a screenwriter and a newspaper columnist, before he became a novelist. He has written a number of hugely successful children's books, including TWO WEEKS WITH THE QUEEN, MISERY GUTS, BELLY FLOP and WORRY WARTS, BLABBER MOUTH and STICKY BEAK have been adapted for Channel 4 television, and won an International Emmy award in 1998. He lives in Melbourne and has two children.From AudioFile:
Rowena is in the principal's office. The rest of the school is wiping raspberry goop off their faces, and Rowena admits she threw the jelly custard into the fan on purpose--although she doesn't know why. Rowena is mute. She uses sign language or written messages to communicate. Her mother is dead, her often embarrassing father is now married to her teacher, and she has anger management problems. Mary-Anne Fahey's reading is bright and clear, enlivening Morris Gleitzman's clever, troubled young heroine. After Rowena rescues an outrageously verbal cockatoo from the local bully, Fahey's performance reflects Rowena's conflicted feelings about the mouthy bird AND about the new baby coming. Some Australian expressions may prove confusing, but American kids will have no trouble connecting to Rowena's dilemma. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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