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Yellow Bird, Black Spider
     

Yellow Bird, Black Spider

by Dosh Archer
 

Black Spider thinks Yellow Bird should be more traditional. "Why don't you make a lovely, cozy nest?" asks Black Spider. "I like hotels, actually," says Yellow Bird. But is Yellow Bird willing to change his unconventional ways? He is a unique bird who does his own thing in his own way. Black Spider soon learns that this bird likes sailing, vanilla ice cream, and

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Black Spider thinks Yellow Bird should be more traditional. "Why don't you make a lovely, cozy nest?" asks Black Spider. "I like hotels, actually," says Yellow Bird. But is Yellow Bird willing to change his unconventional ways? He is a unique bird who does his own thing in his own way. Black Spider soon learns that this bird likes sailing, vanilla ice cream, and even red guitars-but his most shocking discovery comes at the end, when Black Spider innocently asks, "Why don't you eat some yummy, squelchy worms?"

This quirky, stylish tale is full of wit and whimsy. Its ever-so-slightly macabre ending serves as the perfect punch line to this clever book.

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Children's Literature
Yellow Bird is a rather unconventional bird. Sure, he could fly across the sea. However, he prefers to sail a boat. Sure, he could build a nest. However, he prefers hotels. Sure, he could sing. However, he prefers to play the electric guitar! Black Spider wants Yellow Bird to be more like the other birds. He wants less dancing on the beach, fewer vanilla ice cream cones, less hotel room service, fewer bubble baths, less guitar rock, and fewer stripey socks. He wants more bird songs, more flying, more nests and more worms. Yellow Bird may surprise the Spider yet with his response to all of this nagging! The bold illustrations make this a great book for teaching young children colors. The text lends itself to this purpose, periodically prompting "yellow bird, blue boat," "yellow bird, white hotel," "yellow bird, red guitar," and "yellow bird, black spider." These breaks from the narrative not only offer children an opportunity to consider color, they also foreshadow each impending conflict. The devilishly satisfying conclusion to this pair's banter is sure to be a hit with adults and children alike. 2004, Bloomsbury, Ages 2 to 6.
—Heidi Hauser Green
Kirkus Reviews
A seeming friendship turns out to be anything but in this startling double debut. In the art, created with deceptive simplicity from geometric shapes, bright solid colors, and occasional clipped photos, a yellow bird poses next to a blue boat, a white hotel, and a red electric guitar in succession, as a small black spider asks puzzled questions: "Why don't you fly across the sea?" "I like to sail, actually." "Why don't you make a nice, cozy nest?" "I like hotels, actually." Also, explains the bird, dancing on the beach, taking luxurious baths, and wearing striped socks. Readers expecting another comfortably conventional take on the pleasures of being unconventional are in for a shock, though, as Spider's next question is its last: "Why don't you eat some yummy, squelchy worms?" "Actually . . . I like to eat spiders." Gulp. Not nice-not nice at all. The art and very brief text will steer this toward younger readers; the plot may provide a bit of emotional preparation for later encounters with the likes of "The Walrus and the Carpenter," or Hilaire Belloc's genially savage verses. (Picture book. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582348742
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/11/2004
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.54(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Mike and Dosh Archer are a husband-and-wife team who live in Kent, England. This is their first book.

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