My Dad's A Birdman (Paperback)
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|From an inspired creative pairing comes a story of the Great Human Bird Competition--an exuberant tale of the healing power of flights of fancy, and a very special father-daughter bond. Illustrations.|
From the Publisher:
"Flight as a metaphor for love’s transcendence over grief takes a new form in this comic piece of magical realism."
-School Library Journal
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 - an exuberant tale of the healing power of flights of fancy, and a very special father-daughter bond.
Ever since David Almond was six-years-old and scribbling on little pieces of paper, he wanted to be a writer. The goal of becoming a writer stayed with him as he grew older, but he was only writing "bits and pieces" of things at that point in his life. When he reached his late 20s, he realized he had to become very serious about it if he was REALLY going to do it for a living. David held many jobs before he became an award-winning author--he was a mailman, a teacher, an editor, and even a brush salesman! Before he wrote for a kids, he wrote for adults, but he knew that he wanted to write for young readers someday--he feels that they kids and teens have a great ability to mix imagination with reality. Since becoming a full-time author, David visits schools and bookstores, he sometimes has to make sure that he has time to write at all! When able, he aims for 1,000 words a day, but if he's feeling especially productive, he has written upwards of 3,000! His first novel for young readers, entitled SKELLIG, was first published in England, and won the 1998 Carnegie Medal and the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year. When SKELLIG arrived in the States in 1999, it received a Michael J. Printz Honor award. His second book, KIT'S WILDERNESS, which was published in the US in March 2000, also received many positive reviews and a large reading audience. When David isn't writing, he likes to spend time with his family, take long walks, and listen to music.
"Almond aims at a younger audience than usual, but crafts a tale at least as emotionally complex as any of his heavier outings." 3/`15/08 "Lizzie is a sympathetic heroine, and her struggle to keep the family boat upright against the current of her father's apparent mental imbalance will particularly strike a chord with kids who face similar parental shortcomings." 7/1/2008 "[T]his sharp, poetic story...recalls the inspired luancy of Joan Aiken...." 5/1/2008