The Great Yellow Doom Birdby Jon Hunt
In the spring of 1943, when the skies turn purple and the town is invaded by 18th
No one in drowsy East Palmetto Grove expects the arrival of one freckle-faced orphan to generate much excitement. There's a war going on, after all. But Patrick Nicholas Digby is no ordinary boy. And that rubber duck he clutches...well, the rubber duck isn't at ALL what it seems.
In the spring of 1943, when the skies turn purple and the town is invaded by 18th century pirates one moment and government spy-chasers the next, Patrick finds himself swept up in the bizarre adventures of a bug-eyed ornithologist named Stultus. Stultus's quest: locate the mythological Great Yellow Doom Birds and restore them to their ancestral nesting grounds on far-off Mount Gundibar, before Stultus's barbaric rivals ensure every last Doom Bird has been roasted and eaten.
Along the way the peculiar pair encounter a tiger-striped sea-monster who violently detests nets, roving Eskimos and muttering penguins, mobile (and antisocial) islands, swarms of near-sighted supersonic beetles, pirates with a special grudge against Stultus, erratic cyclone-like passages, and impatiently waiting to erupt upon their arrival, the fiery Mount Gundibar itself.
Of all the wonders met in their race to rescue the legendary Doom Birds, however, Patrick's greatest discovery just might be the truth about whether he's really an orphan at all.
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It was ok. Not my favorite. Couldn't wait for it to be over.
I've had the enormous privilege and pleasure of 'beta-reading' one of Jon Hunt's hitherto unpublished novels (get on with it Jon, it was a cracking read!), so I was anxious to read this book, written some 11 years later. Like wine, Jon has certainly improved with age! This was a veritable feast of imagination and thoroughly good fun. Set in the latter 2nd World War years, a small, orphaned (or is he?) boy, Patrick, lives with his uncle in a very sleepy road, where not a lot happens...so sightings of stripy sea monsters and purple glows are hard to take seriously. After all, your imagination needs a holiday when life is uneventful. Patrick, it seems is a very special little boy, and when a very unusual person arrives one evening in a sailboat (one that floats on air), quite an adventure is about to begin; one that involves affable, 270-foot-long sea monsters, flying islands, extraordinarily filthy and pretty awful pirates, Eddie-herders (you really will have to read this book to understand that), Eskimos, the strangest-ever looking island Chief of an island who collects..well, all sorts of things, about-to-erupt volcanoes that need the chick-shells of the nearly extinct Great Yellow Doom Bird to stop it pouring over Vesuvius-fashion and a very important and very special little yellow rubber duck. All this is in the charge of the very wonderful Stultus Atticus - I mean wouldn't you sail (float?) away with a seven-foot, orange-haired, Kaleidoscope-eyed, part-time ornithologist whose pinstriped (or polka-dot) jacket holds the contents of a hardware store and whose Breakfast Bag can provide a 6-course French gourmet dinner before you can say 'escargot'? Of course you would. All the characters in this were just great...from Patrick's gentle, affable uncle and the mixed but very credible bag of ever-so slightly eccentric neighbours, to the Best Spy-Catcher That Ever There Was and the villainous pirate Captain who had been sailing around the Doldrums for nigh on a couple of centuries. The diversity and details of the characters just further confirmed the talent of the author's incredible imagination and I read every word with what I can only describe as voracity. The book is classed as one for all ages, but it is fantastically 'busy' and no stone is left unturned with regard to 'scene-setting' - I do wonder whether some of the finer detail may be lost on the younger end of the scale, particularly as it is rather long too. But it would make an absolutely amazing movie - the myriad of characters, colours and adventure would be without question a box-office hit.
Jon Hunt is a truly gifted writer. He plunges you into an exciting and colorful world. He paints such a beautiful picture with his words. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all readers, young and old! The Great Yellow Doom Bird is the best adventure I've embarked on in ages!
Who doesn't love a rip roarin', fun adventure with pirates, rubber duckies who aren't what they appear, endangered animals, and one very cool ornithologist! This book is definitely worth a read... you'll spend your entire Sunday turning page after page because you just HAVE to know what happens next!