★★★★★Charming Adventures -- Whimsical and Appealing!
Reviewed by Nimbus Cat [verified purchase]
A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird, hardback edition
A delightful story of a lost bird named Algy. There's just enough uncertainty and adventure in each chapter to keep a young reader wanting to know "what happens next" without being overly frightening or upsetting for very young readers. Algy is whimsical and unusual and doesn't seem to fit in right away with his new surroundings -- appealing to that part in all of us, young and old, that feels left out and searches for a place to call home.
There's twists and turns and an ending that isn't overly saccharine, but genuinely happy and charming.
This describes Algy's journey and the various creatures he encounters from first arrival in a beautiful but unfamiliar land. He has difficulties at first, but eventually the story reaches a happy conclusion with Algy surrounded by friends in his new home.
Wonderfully evocative descriptions of the west highland scenery and wildlife.
Algy is a very warm hearted fluffy bird. Everybody will like his story and be eager to see his next adventure.
We have been following The Adventures of Algy on tumblr for a while and were excited to hear that Algy finally made the leap to publishing.
The book is a well written adventure that my daughter enjoyed very much, the only criticism of this effort is that there is some difficult vocabulary (mostly Scottish in origin) that my daughter became frustrated with, though, to be fair, she might be a little under the target age and very much an American. Never-the-less we enjoyed reading it very much and look forward to future installments!
(She does offer an online vocabulary helper at www.adventuresofalgy.com and you can see Algy’s day to day adventures at http://www.adventuresofalgy.com)
A surprisingly Fluffy Bird ist eine wunderbare, spannende Geschichte über einen Vogel, der auf See die Orientierung verliert und auf einem ihm fremden Land strandet. Dort lernt Algy viele neue Leute kennen, die ihm nicht immer alle wohl gesonnen sind. An diesem neunen Ort findet Algy seine letztlich neue Freunde und eine für ihn sehr reizvolle Aufgabe.
Das Buch gibt es derzeit (leider) nur auf Englisch, aber e gibt online eine Hilfe, um die schwierigen Wörter zu verstehen. Das Buch ist spannend und hat wundervolle Ideen und Umsetzungen. Es ist gedacht für Kinder ab 7 aber auch für ältere sehr reizvoll, so dass auch 10jährige und ältere ihr Englisch daran üben und verbessern können.
Auch für Erwachsene hat das Buch seinen Reiz und zeigt, dass man nicht immer mit dem Kopf durch doe Wand muss und auch mal seitwärts schauen sollte.
I downloaded this book to read to my five year old as a bedtime story and it didn't disappoint.
The story is about a lost fluffy little bird called Algy and his quest to find out where he is and how to get home, making new friends with funny and interesting characters along the way as his adventure unfolds.
My rough and tumble boy who loves his teddy bears was delighted by this story and for the first time every wanted to go up to bed every night to hear another chapter of Algy's story. My boy wanted to give the book 100 starts, but had to settle with 5!
As an adult reading this book, I found it well written with lovely descriptions of the mystery island Algy is lost on.
We hope there is another adventure to follow this.
Here's a new book for children; perfect for the holidays. It is exciting, a little bit frightening, funny and finally happy. There is a splendid illustration at the beginning of each chapter, depicting what is happening or indicating what is coming next. And at the end the reader wants to know when the next book in the series will be published.
★★★★Fans of Algy from his online adventures will be delighted
Reviewed by Flyingfish [verified purchase]
A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird, paperback edition
Fans of Algy from his online adventures (http://adventuresofalgy.com) will be delighted that his assistant has launched this first in a series of children's books about Algy's life and experiences. Jenny Chapman is a fine storyteller and a consummate artist. The wonderful illustrations bring Algy to life in a whole new way, and tell of a set of adventures previously unknown to his online fans. Each illustration creates a new atmosphere for the next part of the story (the one of Algy washed up on the beach is heartbreaking!) and the pictures and language together evoke the landscape and seascape of Algy's surroundings beautifully, whether for readers who are already familiar with them or for those who have never seen them before. The online dictionary is a great idea, both for fun and for those who want a little help. This is a lovely book for both children and adults, either as something to enjoy alone or as a read-aloud. I read it from start to finish in one go! And if you really want a treat for someone as a present, get them the hardback. It's beautifully bound with a real cloth binding and gorgeous matt paper slipcover. It feels wonderful to hold and to turn the pages, and the quality of the illustrations is fabulous.