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Title:
Mr. Potter's pet
Author:
King-Smith, Dick.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, [1996]

©1996
Physical Description:
62 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
Mr. Potter's boring life changes considerably after buying an unusual mynah bird.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 1.0 17580.
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ISBN:
9780786801749

9780786821464
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Book

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Summary

Mr. Potter's boring life changes considerably after buying an unusual mynah bird.


Summary

Mr. Potter's boring life changes considerably after buying an unusual mynah bird.


Author Notes

Dick King-Smith was born on March 27, 1922 in Bitten, Gloucestershire, England. Before becoming a full-time author, he was a farmer and a schoolteacher. He served in the Grenadier Guards during World War II and attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

He has written over 100 children's books including The Fox Busters, The Hodgeheg, and The Sheep Pig (aka Babe-The Gallant Pig), which was adapted as the 1995 film Babe. The 1995 TV miniseries The Queen's Nose was also based in one of his books. He was voted Children's Author of the Year at the 1991 British Book Awards. He died on January 4, 2011 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Dick King-Smith was born on March 27, 1922 in Bitten, Gloucestershire, England. Before becoming a full-time author, he was a farmer and a schoolteacher. He served in the Grenadier Guards during World War II and attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire.

He has written over 100 children's books including The Fox Busters, The Hodgeheg, and The Sheep Pig (aka Babe-The Gallant Pig), which was adapted as the 1995 film Babe. The 1995 TV miniseries The Queen's Nose was also based in one of his books. He was voted Children's Author of the Year at the 1991 British Book Awards. He died on January 4, 2011 at the age of 88.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. The first American edition of a book published 20 years ago, this book introduces mild-mannered Mr. Potter, who lived with his very strict parents until "Fate took a hand," and they died. Suddenly freed from 50 years of parental rules, Mr. Potter dares to buy a pet, a remarkable talking mynah named Everest. This bird does more than mimic human speech: he understands it, and he says what's on his mind, no matter how rude. Mr. Potter will remind some readers of another sympathetic innocent (and bird lover), Mr. Popper. The short text, large type, and droll, expressive line drawings will draw readers to this satisfying, easy-to-read chapter book. (Reviewed April 1, 1996)0786821469Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4‘In this easy chapter book, readers meet a highly intelligent pet mynah bird. Not only does Everest appear wiser and more outgoing than his shy, 50-year-old owner, but he definitely has a mind of his own. He encourages Mr. Potter to get a housekeeper, tells him how to conduct and conclude the interviews, and succeeds in playing matchmaker when the man hires a long-lost friend. Readers will enjoy the story as well as the many humorous incidents, and will laugh through their concern when the bird is knocked unconscious by a falling toilet lid. Cartoonlike pen-and-ink illustrations match the playful mood of the tale.‘Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 2-4. The first American edition of a book published 20 years ago, this book introduces mild-mannered Mr. Potter, who lived with his very strict parents until "Fate took a hand," and they died. Suddenly freed from 50 years of parental rules, Mr. Potter dares to buy a pet, a remarkable talking mynah named Everest. This bird does more than mimic human speech: he understands it, and he says what's on his mind, no matter how rude. Mr. Potter will remind some readers of another sympathetic innocent (and bird lover), Mr. Popper. The short text, large type, and droll, expressive line drawings will draw readers to this satisfying, easy-to-read chapter book. (Reviewed April 1, 1996)0786821469Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4‘In this easy chapter book, readers meet a highly intelligent pet mynah bird. Not only does Everest appear wiser and more outgoing than his shy, 50-year-old owner, but he definitely has a mind of his own. He encourages Mr. Potter to get a housekeeper, tells him how to conduct and conclude the interviews, and succeeds in playing matchmaker when the man hires a long-lost friend. Readers will enjoy the story as well as the many humorous incidents, and will laugh through their concern when the bird is knocked unconscious by a falling toilet lid. Cartoonlike pen-and-ink illustrations match the playful mood of the tale.‘Blair Christolon, Prince William Library, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.