Calvin Can't Fly: The Story of a Bookworm Birdieby Jennifer Berne, Keith Bendis (Illustrator)
Calvin is one unusual starling! While his siblings and cousins learn to fly, this rare bird lets his imagination soar while reading about pirates, dinosaurs, and other fascinating things. The other birds call him “geeky beaky,” but Calvin just ruffles his feathers and buries his beak in a book. Yet, when it comes time to migrate, poor Calvin suddenly realizes he can't fly! His sisters, brothers, and cousins carry him into the air.
But on their way south, the winds blow hard, the trees bend, and the air starts to smell strange. It's a hurricane, and only Calvin can save the day-because he has read all about it!
Witty illustrations, an endearing hero, and a delightful story make this a true celebration of the pleasures of reading!
"In a lively children's book debut, Bendis contributes gouache cartoons that bring action and droll wit to Berne's (Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau) story about valuable experiences to be found both inside and outside books. Young starling Calvinhumorously depicted as a squarish, wide-eyed bird with long, spindly legsis a loner. While his seven siblings and more than 67,000 cousins ('Starlings have big families') learn how to fly, Calvin spends his days reading. Hurt by taunts of 'nerdy birdie' and 'geeky beaky,' the book lover waddles to the library, 'the only place where he was happy.' When it's time to head south for the winter and Calvin still doesn't know how to fly, the other starlings gamely tie strings to him to tow him along. An approaching hurricane gives Calvin a chance to show off his book smarts ('We need to get out of the path of a violent, tropical weather system, which... will not diminish until it encounters large stretches of landmass!'). Regular doses of humor in the text and art happily keep the story from migrating into sentimentality. - Publisher's Weekly
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- 10.10(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.50(d)
- Age Range:
- 5 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Jennifer Berne has been a long-time contributor to Nick Jr. Magazine, and a writer for both print and TV. Her recent award-winning picture book, Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau, is one of Calvin's favorites.
Keith Bendis's work has appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Fortune, and Time. Keith was the illustrator for William Safire's “On Language” column in the New York Times Magazine, and for nine books including William Kotzwinkle's The Fan Man and the best-selling Casey at the Bat. He lives on an old farm in Columbia County, NY.
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Mom of 2... Love, love, love this book. Fun, creative and a book about books! Calvin is a bookworm birdie to busy learning to read to learn how to fly. He gets into trouble when it's time to migrate but his family comes to his rescue. A favor only he can return when they later fly into a hurricane & only he knows how to save the day.
This is such a great story. It is sweet and cute.It has such. a wonderful story.
I have bought at least 20 of these adorable books for family and friends with children. The illustrations are amazing and the story is a great lesson. Would highly recommend this book CurlygirlEB
My 7 year old and his classmates absolutely love Calvin Can't Fly. He keeps it by his bedside and has asked me to read it again and again! It's a funny book wth funny characters, wonderful illustrations and a great story line. Buy it you will enjoy it!