Nerdy Birdy likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immediately disqualifies him for membership in the cool crowd.
One thing is clear: being a nerdy birdy is a lonely lifestyle.
When he's at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky.
About the Author
Aaron Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author of many highly hilarious books for kids, including Carnivores; Chicks and Salsa; Joey Fly, Private Eye; and the Caldecott Honor book Creepy Carrots! He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, two kids, four cats, and between three and ten fish, depending on the day.
Matt Davies was the recipient of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartoons, the inaugural 2004 Herblock Prize, and the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award. He and his wife, Lucy, live in Wilton, Connecticut, with their three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are two kinds of birds: nerdy birds and cool birds. Eagles, cardinals and robins are cool birds as they have superior characteristics and nerdy birds, well they don’t. In this book, Nerdy Bird likes to play video games, read and read about video games. He tries to be friends with the cool birds but they’re mean to him and he’s left all alone. He then realizes how lonely he is. Suddenly he hears a voice and finds a group of other nerdy birds who invite him to join them. He now has more friends than the cool birds and when another new bird moved into the area, Nerdy Bird was there to welcome it to the neighborhood. This book has so much potential for discussion. The difference between what is cool and what is nerdy is reflected in both the writing and the illustrations. In the illustrations, the cool birds are viewed as power figures with their chests are puffed out, their bodies are extensive and their beaks pointed sharply out while the nerdy birds were short, stocky and all of them are wearing eyeglasses. In the writing, the nerdy birds use everyday language while the cool birds speak in short sentences and use offensive tones. I also questioned the concept of what one person believed was superior is not always superior to everyone as a whole. Cardinal was good as posing, to me that seemed self-centered but to others that characteristic might mean that they liked to perform. Robin liked to insult worms and then eat them. What kind of character does that make Robin bird? What about the nerdy birds? Could they be cool and nerdy at the same time? I really enjoyed this story and the possibilities that are within it.
Trying to fit in can be hard for any birdy. While some are comfortable being on their own, others, like Nerdy Birdy, are looking for friends to share memories. Children can certainly relate to this plight. The ups and downs of social woes are indeed like a teeter totter for young kids. One moment they are friends and the next they are not. But when you find that one true friend, who accepts you just the way you are... that is a golden moment. Nerdy Birdy celebrates diversity through personalities and interests, and touches on discrimination through physical appearances. Even birds can relay a strong message, but wrapped in the humor of Aaron Reynolds and Matt Davies, it comes across as a much lighter, acceptable topic for kids. The art style is very cartoon-like and the birdies celebrate interests and problems relevant to today's kids. It only takes one birdy to start a movement toward unity.