Tuesday, January 29, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: BIRD BRAIN BOOKS by Emlyn Chand

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Emlyn Chand has created a series of children's books with various birds as the main characters. The characters (Courtney the Penguin, Davey the Crow, Poppy the Peacock, Tommy the Woodpecker, and Honey the Parakeet) have many adventures and get into a scrape or two.

The illustrations are beautiful and capture the essence of the words perfectly. As a children's librarian, this is one of the first things I look at when choosing books. Picture books can be either read as written or can be shared just by talking about the images--and these books are a perfect example of that.

My favorite of the books is Honey the Hero--I loved how Honey tried to help, but consistently caused problems instead. I also enjoyed seeing the different animals she encountered in Australia.

My second favorite is Davey the Detective. I enjoyed the mystery of what happened to the missing paperclip...and the issues both Davey and Sarah face and how they resolve the problem.

The strength in these books, besides the lovely illustrations, are how they show the kids that even being small, they can still make a difference.

I was glad to discover that these are available in print. I plan to buy them for the library--I think the parents and kids we serve will enjoy them.



Honey, an inquisitive young parakeet living in the Australian Outback, decides to become a superhero after she spies a human family watching Superman. Since she already has the power of flight, all she needs to do is create a costume to conceal her true identity and then fly off in search of animals that need rescuing.

Unfortunately, every time she tries to help, Honey only ends up making matters worse. She spoils Kangaroo’s game of hide-and-go-seek by revealing his hiding place to Wallaby; Mr. Anteater must go hungry when she alerts the ants to his presence, and Mrs. Koala is made a laughingstock among bears when Honey pretends to be her Joey. Finally realizing that she’s not as heroic as she’d like, Honey gives up her day-saving efforts.

But what happens when someone actually needs Honey’s help? Will she rise to the challenge?


Davey dubs himself the luckiest crow in the entire world when he finds a wonderful, shiny object. It even has a fantastic name: “paperclip.” Wow!

One dark and dreary day, Davey’s treasure goes missing, and he is beside himself with grief. Luckily, he knows just how he can find out which of the forest animals is to blame for the theft. Inspired by the torn pages of a Sherlock Holmes story that were used to fashion his nest, Davey calls on the help of Sarah the sparrow to investigate the mystery and, hopefully, retrieve his prize.

Together the two birds begin to collect clues. Their trail leads them straight to Mr. Bushtail, a greedy squirrel who keeps a giant store of objects in a hollowed-out tree trunk. When Mr. Bushtail refuses to cooperate, the two birds have no choice but to break into his tree house in search of the truth.

Justice will prevail and treasure will be found in this intriguing tale of mystery.


Poppy is the prettiest peacock in the entire garden, but one day his privileged existence is upset when an all-white peacock is born and promptly named the most beautiful by a smitten flock. Intensely jealous, Poppy no longer knows where he fits in and decides to reclaim his title as the fairest bird in all the land, no matter what it takes.

In a desperate attempt to regain the admiration of his peers, Poppy steals items from the humans that visit his park. He wraps himself in a beautiful silk scarf, wears a series of ornate bangles around his neck, and even tries to dye his feathers with colored dust from a festive Holi celebration. Unfortunately, each of these attempts not only fails to improve his appearance, they actually make it worse. What’s a poor bird to do?

In this compelling tale of self-esteem, pride, and learning what makes each of us special, Poppy the peacock discovers that true beauty lies beneath the feathers.


Tommy is a mischievous little woodpecker who loves to fly to the edge of the forest and watch the people in the nearby suburb. One evening, something strange and exciting happens—people emerge from their houses wearing costumes and carrying colorful buckets with smiling faces on them. What’s even crazier is that they shout a special codeword while standing outside of each house, and are given delicious-looking candy.

Tommy simply must join in the fun. He and his friend, Michael the raccoon, fashion their own costumes and head off to join in the festivities. Thanks to Tommy’s knock-knocking beak and Michael’s quick paws, the duo is able to heist many a candy bar from the unsuspecting homeowners and children.

But are they missing out on the true spirit of Halloween?


Courtney is a peppy young penguin who just loves exploring, and is overjoyed when she receives a compass from Santa on Christmas morning. She’s so grateful for the gift, in fact, that she just needs to give Santa a great big hug and say “Thank you!” in person. The only problem is she lives in the South Pole, and Santa is all the way on the other side of the globe!

With the aid of her new compass, Courtney sets off on a journey that takes her almost an entire year. By the time she reaches Santa’s workshop, the elves are in a flurry preparing for the upcoming holiday. Unfortunately, Rudolph is feeling very sick—too sick to guide the sleigh. If Courtney can’t find a way to help, Christmas will be ruined and all the children of the world will be devastated. What’s a little penguin to do?
About the Author:
Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit EmlynChand.com for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!

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16 comments:

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

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Emiliana25 said...

It's so nice to see kids books with great illustrations and a fantastic story! Congratulations to the great review!

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Ami said...

This book sounds great!

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MomJane said...

These sound like really adorable children stories.

Lyra L7 said...

Always good to read a well written children story, Honey's book is my favorite!

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Lana A said...

I love discovering new books and authors, this children books sound fantastic!

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Gala said...

Your Valentine book sounds great, looking forward to read it!

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Chelsea B. said...

Such a great review! I am loving how amazing these books sound.

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Ingeborg said...

Love the books.

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Shannon R said...

It looks like these are beautifully illustrated children's books. I look forward to sharing them with my son

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Anas said...

I'm looking forward to read your new release!

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Karen H in NC said...

Even thought they are geared to children, I'm enjoying reading about them myself.

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Emlyn Chand said...

Thank you for the wonderful review, Judy! I'm so glad you enjoyed the Bird Brain Books and think they would be a good fit for your library! I love talking with kids, teachers, parents, anyone who wants to talk about the Bird Brains. I've even set-up a special page on my website just for librarians. I hope you'll check it out at www.EmlynChand.com/librarians

Thank you again!
Em

Mary Preston said...

I'm looking forward to reading these & finding our favorites.

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flchen1 said...

These sound like a fun series for my kids--thanks so much for the pointer!

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