Reviewed by Mark S. (age 8) and Bryan M. (age 8)
This book is kind of a mystery because we don?t know if the bird is trying to be mean or if he didn?t know the terrible thing was going to happen. If the bird is trying to be mean, then the book reminds us of Riding the Tiger by Eve Bunting. You should never trust that you don?t know because they might not know what you really want. My (Mark) favorite character was Eddie because he is a talking dog. My favorite part was when the bird just popped in the window and surprised Al. It was really surprising that a bird just popped in a bathroom window. I think the pictures in this book are fantastic because they show time passing.
My (Bryan) favorite character was Al because he had a talking dog Eddie. My favorite part was when they got flown to the island because it had a good view of the island. There was bird carved on it. They dropped their suitcase. I like the picture detail because they showed a lot of different kinds of weird birds.
We recommend this book to people who like fictionally made up birds and to teachers who would like to teach a lesson of don?t trust somebody you don?t know because they might not know what you really want. This book won the Caldecott medal in 1987.