Book Title: Rescuing Mrs Birdley (available here)
Author: Aaron Reynolds
Illustrator: Emma Reynolds
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books
Publication Date: July 2020
Reviewed By: Jane Evans
Miranda Montgomery is an animal expert. Obsessed with watching animal rescuer Nature Joe, when Miranda spots her teacher in the grocery store away from her natural habitat of the classroom, Miranda knows just what to do.
Aaron Reynolds, New York Times bestselling author of Creepy Carrots and Nerdy Birdy, brings us a witty new story packed full of fun and action, with a few unexpected twists along the way. Add in to the mix the clever use of colour in the illustrations by Emma Reynolds and it becomes easy - and hilarious - to follow along just which parts of the narrative belong to Miranda’s fervent imagination and which relate to reality.
Although the story is aimed at a younger audience, Reynolds keeps his vocabulary ambitious and his humour sharp, providing plenty for adults and children to enjoy discussing together. In addition, my class of Year 2-3 children enjoyed hot-seating the characters, then predicting and acting out what could happen next. I’m sure the plot would also appeal to a younger audience, lapping up the delicious audacity of Miranda as she carries out her mission.
Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book and to Review Panel member Jane for reviewing it.
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