Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: picture book
What did you like about the book? Swanda and her dog Waldo leave their country life behind and move to the big city thinking that they are going to miss all the wildlife of the country. Little does she know that there are plenty of animals in the city as well! She starts to feed a pigeon and before she knows it, there are pigeons all over her building, causing a lot of strife among the neighbors. She consults with different people on how to get rid of the birds and finally gets some much-needed advice to stop feeding the birds! She takes this advice and lo and behold- no more birds!
This is a very funny book about how fast a situation can get out of control and that good intentions aren’t always the best thing.
The pictures are very cute and well done, illustrating pigeons and their swarms.
Anything you didn’t like about it? There is nothing I didn’t like.
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a cute little story for kids who love animals and birds in general. Some read-a-likes are “On the Road to Mr. Mineo’s” by Barbara O’Connor and “Curious George Builds a Home” by H.A. Rey.
Who should buy this book? Children’s libraries
Where would you shelve it? juvenile picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Laureen Cutrona, Townsend Public Library, Townsend, MA
Date of Review: April 12, 2017