Kid Lit: Hungry Bird

I received this book for free from Scholastic at BEA 2016. That fact in no way influenced my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

Hungry Bird by Jeremy Tankard

Published on September 27, 2016.

Goodreads Summary:
Bird is hiking with his friends when his tummy rumbles.

But no one packed him a snack that he likes!

With every step, his hunger mounts until he collapses on the ground.

How will Bird survive if he doesn’t eat the perfect something this instant?!

The hilarious blue-feathered anti-hero who first starred in Jeremy Tankard’s high-flying debut, Grumpy Bird, returns in another laugh out loud melodrama. For every child who has ever needed a snack right now, and for every parent who has had to cope with a hangry, fussy child, Hungry Bird is sure to satisfy.

My Thoughts:
This story is great! Parents and kids alike will be able to relate to Bird’s dilemma. He’s hiking with his friends: raccoon, beaver, rabbit, sheep, and fox, when he gets hungry. He asks fox if he’s brought any snacks. Fox brought berries. Bird doesn’t like berries, so he passes. But he continues to get hungrier and hungrier, his attitude getting worse and worse as he asks each of his friends what they’ve brought.

Both humorous and instructive, this book is a great read aloud. It will have kids laughing at Bird’s increasing hysterics and overly dramatic responses to his friends. But it’s also the perfect opportunity for parents to talk with kids about their own behavior as they get hungry. I’ll even use it to talk with my 6 year old about preparing for outing himself as we recently had an episode on a bike ride where he was indignant that I hadn’t remembered snacks.

The illustrations in this book are very vibrant. The text uses capitalization to add emphasis and tone. It’s a perfect read aloud for ages 3-6 and even a good independent read for ages 6-8. There is a decent amount of text per page, but the print is large and easy to read.

My Rating: 4 stars

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