by Eve Yohalem
Kindle Edition: 10 pages
Published by Telemachus Press, LLC
Published September 12, 2011
Book Source: Bought
Book Overview :“I am no fool. I knew that if I were wanted to make it to the end of the week alive, I would have to avoid upsetting Grandpa as much as possible. No singing, no playful nips, no jaunty bell.”
Bird and Grandpa stay home in Massachusetts while Mother, Father, Joseph and Maya head south for a winter holiday. When Grandpa determines to set tropical Bird free in freezing February, Bird must use every bit of bird brain power to outsmart him.
Will Bird become a parrot popsicle?
What’s in the creepy second bedroom where no one ever goes?
Do Grandpa and Bird play Dig a Hole to China and Send Birdie on a Trip?
In the spirit of Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, and Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote, here come Bird and Grandpa in the hilarious first short story in the Grandpa Hates the Bird series!
Mary’s Review: This book is about the relationship between a grandpa and a green cheeked concure bird-a form a parrot who does not speak and who is the pet of his grandchildren. Grandpa does not like the bird and the bird does not like grandpa. Bird gets left with grandma and grandpa for a week every year while his loving owners go on vacation. This year however, grandma has to go on a business trip and Bird gets left alone with grandpa something neither one is looking forward to.
I am torn with how I feel about this book. I do not care for the term “hate” and I feel there is too much conflict and contention, something I also do not care for. It does teach compromise of sorts at the end and it does show love and caring between the children and their pet.
I recommend this book for ages 5-8.
About The Author: Eve write books for kids. Her first novel is called Escape Under the Forever Sky. It’s about the 13-year old daughter of the American ambassador to Ethiopia who gets kidnapped and has to find her way to freedom. She’s also written a series of dark comic short stories for younger readers, inspired my dark comic dad, called Grandpa Hates the Bird. The book she’s working on now is called Cast Off: The Strange Adventures of Petra de Winter and Braam Broen.