A Bird Day

A Bird Day
Publisher Name
Gecko Press
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Release Date
September 05, 2023
A funny and whimsical picture book about an ordinary family day, told through a bird family, from 2022 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recipient Eva Lindström.
"Wash your beaks, it's time for lunch―flies again today," says Dad.

After lunch the young birds get sent off to play―they sing, hunt mosquitos, compare leg size, and poke grubs. This is how birds spend a day.

Eva Lindström reflects the familiar and the absurd in human behavior through this funny bird family. We all recognize the family dynamics of bickering over fried mosquitos and worm pie―only the youngest is allowed to pick out the worms.

Toddlers will recognize key moments in a perfectly down to earth day―play, mealtimes, stretching boundaries, and sleep. With dry observations of human family behavior that adults will enjoy, this is a picture book to make all the family laugh and to read aloud together.

Expressive faces, hilarious hairstyles, Dad's great cooking, and a sister and brother's everyday conversation combine in a heartwarming and completely individual picture book from a unique artist with an international following.

Eva Lindström was awarded the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2022 and has been nominated once for the Hans Christian Award and eight times for the August Award, which she won in 2013. She is a major influence on picture and comic book artists worldwide.

Translated from the Swedish edition by Julia Marshall.

Other books from Eva Lindström
My Dog Mouse
Everyone Walks Away
Praise for A Bird Day
"A quiet story to read over and over."―Kirkus Reviews
"[N]ot to be missed."―starred, Youth Services Book Review
"Quietly joyous."―Five Books, Best Kids' Books of 2023
"[A]musement comes from the view of birds as having so much―bickering, boredom, complaining―in common with humans."―Publishers Weekly

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A Bit Messy and Fun
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A Bird Day shows a quirky tale of bird siblings who behave a lot like human children. These birds do not have an idealized day like in some books that only show the perfect aspects of family life. This book shows a day of the children getting bored and making up games that their parents fuss at them for being dangerous. The parents quarrel with each other but share the chores. The birds dream and imagine and get along and quarrel but at the end of the day, they are together as a family. Overall, this book will appeal to children who have sibling relationships that are a bit messy and fun like this one.
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