My Dad's a Birdman

By Almond, David

Publishers Summary:
Join a young girl and her dad as they find their wings and take to the skies in a joyful, quirky, tender tale from a masterful author and illustrator.In a rainy town in the north of England, there are strange goings-on. Dad is building a pair of wings, eating flies, and feathering his nest. Auntie Doreen is getting cross and making dumplings. Contest barker Mr. Poop is parading the streets shouting louder and louder, and even Mr. Mint, the headmaster, is not quite himself. And watching it all is Lizzie, missing her mam and looking after Dad by letting him follow his newfound whimsy. From an inspired creative pairing comes a story of the Great Human Bird Competition — a poignant, exuberant tale of the healing power of flights of fancy, and a very special father-and-daughter bond.

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ISBN
978-0-76363-667-8
Publisher
Candlewick


REVIEWS

School Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2008

Gr 1-4 A distinguished author's use of birds and human flight as metaphors for love's transcendence over grief and death takes a new form in this comic piece of magical realism. Lizzie and her widowed dad live in a city along the river Tyne in the north of England. From the first page it is clear that Lizzie is playing parent to her father's irresponsible child. Both are reacting to the recent death of Lizzie's mother. While the girl...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2008

This novel began life as a play, and its dramatic origins glimmer in the musicality of Almond's prose, his screwball-comedy pacing, and his interest in costume and performance. Lizzie, whose mam (we infer) has died, hesitates to leave her dad alone since he has taken to eating "bugs, flies and centipedes" and claims he is going to fly. She stays home from school, and together they construct gorgeous wings, build a nest in the kitchen, and fend off Auntie Doreen, whose signatur...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2008

Lizzie's dad claims he's going to fly. Together he and Lizzie construct gorgeous wings, build a nest in the kitchen, and fend off ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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