Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual


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Clarion Books
Publish Date
9.4 X 11.14 X 0.36 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Kate Samworth studied at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art, and at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art under Caldecott medalist David Wiesner. A birdwatcher with a passion for natural history, she is an ardent spokesperson for environmental protection. She lives on a farm in Stanardsville, Virginia. Visit her website at www.katesamworth.com.


"This futuristic mail-order catalog offers hand-crafted parts for ambitious do-it-yourselfers who want to assemble a customized bird. . . The ecological subtext will resonate with some environmentally concerned children and adults who hope such a catalog will not become a necessary reality."
--School Library Journal

"For children and their bird-watching parents, who will appreciate the clever premise and the message of admiration."
--Kirkus, starred review

"This is an original, somewhat disturbing, and wholeheartedly bizarre (but in a good way!) picture book for older children. . . An impressive picture book debut."
--Booklist, starred review

"Unsettling and unforgettable."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This is as cleverly executed as it is edifying...The gilding-the-lily exaggeration of birds' natural beauty is satire at its child-appropriate best, and the subtle digs at our perennial efforts to domesticate animals for our pleasure won't be lost on young readers."

"Aviary Wonders Inc. is a picture book that widens the definition of the genre. While truly a picture book, it was created for readers aged 10 and up with well-developed sensibilities and senses of humor. Confronting environmental issues in a clever and whimsical way, it is original, highly unexpected, beautiful, and thought-provoking. Aviary Wonders Inc. is by far one of the most creative books we have ever encountered."
--Kirkus Prize judges' statement