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It's time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is ...
It's time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.
"A perfect marriage between text and artwork."—Shelf Awareness
"Amusing details play up the silliness of each new message iteration."—The Horn Book
"An inspired take on the game of Telephone. that young readers will love!"-School Library Journal
"Fun continues down the wire."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Over the top and silly. a great pick for a group read-aloud."- Booklist
"Raucous avian take on the old-school children's game."-The New York Times
"Silly and funny!"—Imagination Soup
"Silly fun! (Pass it on.)"—Kirkus Reviews
Posted October 20, 2014
This book is very cute and well done. It reminds me of a game that we played in school when I was little. We called it “whisper down the lane.” I think it’s also called “pass it on.” It was a fun game and this book captured that. The illustrations are cute and show lots of humor. First of all, an ostrich is a maid. Makes sense, with their black, fluffy feathers, right? But how in tarnation did she get on that wire? Ostriches can’t fly! I LOVE that funny touch! The story is light-hearted and full of everything someone could want in a picture book! The plot of the book shows that it is easy to mishear/misunderstand someone. It is a very fun and just plain silly read! I recommend this book to young kids and their parents/teachers!
*NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Posted September 29, 2014
Remember playing telephone as a child? Someone would whisper something in someone’s ear and down the row it would go, whispering, whispering, just hoping that when the last person spoke out loud what they heard it would be what the first person said. Sometimes it would be so funny what they said, it would take a few minutes to calm everyone down. When you tried to figure out who whispered the wrong words, people were always pointing fingers. I was always afraid of being the one who would mess it up; my perfectness was already being set at such a small age. In Telephone there are a variety of birds on a telephone wire who must relay a message to Peter that he must fly home for supper. As the birds relay the message down the line, the message gets distorted as they each put their own twist into the story. How will Peter ever get the message with all these different versions is quite comical. I enjoyed all the different twists on the story and I really enjoyed all the different birds on the telephone line. My favorite illustration was one in which the birds shadows are shown on the wire with houses and daily life going on below them. I just loved looking at this silhouette of the birds sitting on the wire, so many different shapes and sizes all on a single wire. There’s an owl, a robin, a toucan, a pelican, a duck, a turkey and other such birds, they’re all just sitting there and waiting. I love that the author choose to include a variety of birds and the illustrator did an excellent job showing us the differences. This book doesn’t contain many words but it’s a fun book and I think kids will enjoy it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.