Book review: Aviary Wonders Inc., by Kate Samworth

Samworth Aviary WondersSamworth, Kate. Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual. Clarion Books, 2014. $17.99. ISBN 9780547978994. 31 pgs. Ages 9-12. P9Q9

This fictional catalog of bird parts is a wonderfully dark, strange and funny look at “what could happen if we let natural habitats disappear”. The illustrations are wonderful- colorful, rich, and detailed (Booklist describes them as “opulent”). The language is equally rich and descriptive. As we read through the catalog and look at different types of bird parts, the book seems crazier and crazier. By the end, readers will see clearly that we can’t “make” something as intricate and precious as a bird. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. This book might be an interesting part of a class on habitat loss or ecology. It will also appeal to adults. I’m not sure where I’m going to put it in my library!

December 2014 review by Carol Schramm.


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