Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Hungry Bird

Publish September 13, 2016

The cantankerous, feathered star of Jeremy Tankard’s Grumpy Bird (2007), and Boo Hoo Bird (2010), returns for a hilarious, third outing in Hungry Bird.  While on a hike through the woods, Bird’s tummy starts to rumble, and he feels a bit peckish.  Much to his chagrin, he realizes he forgot to bring snacks.  Bird’s ever-patient friends offer to share their food, but the fussbudget turns up his beak at Fox’s berries, eschews Rabbit’s carrots, and poo-poo’s Beaver’s crunchy twigs. Irked that no one packed his favourite treats, the foul-tempered fowl collapses on the ground and declares he will surely expire from hunger. Bird watches his pals merrily munching the contents of their lunch bags, and driven by desperation, he tries some samples and discovers they aren’t as terrible as he thought. Jeremy Tankard’s bright and bold cartoon illustrations capture all of Bird’s melodramatic expressions, from his squinty-eyed scowl, to the agitated flap of his wings. Picky eaters will giggle at Bird’s caustic food reviews:  carrots are much too orange, sandwiches sound disgusting, and “GRASS? … I think you mean GROSS!” With a colourful cast of characters, superb pacing, and laugh-out-loud humour, Hungry Bird is a storytime winner.  

Hungry Bird

Jeremy Tankard
Scholastic Canada Inc.
ISBN 13: 978-0-545-86417-6

Linda Ludke
Linda Ludke

Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library.  Her reviews have appeared in Quill and QuireSchool Library Journal and CM:  Canadian Review of Materials.  When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.

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