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Barnett, Mac, author.
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San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2014]
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, 22 x 27 cm
In this picture book a string of birds on a telephone wire plays a game of telephone, with the usual mixed up results.
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It's time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn't as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama's message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children's game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.

Author Notes

Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of books for children. His picture book Extra Yarn won a 2013 Caldecott Honor and the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mystery novels. He co-wrote Battle Bunny with Jon Scieszka which was a New York Times bestseller. Barnettt's book, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, made the New York Times bestseller list in October 2014. It also won an E.B. White Read-Aloud Award 2015 in the picture book category.

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Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Peter Pigeon's mom wants him to come home for dinner, so she tells a little bird, Tell Peter: Fly home for dinner. That little bird, who's wielding a baseball bat, tells a bigger bird, Tell Peter: Hit pop flies and homers. And so the message grows more convoluted through a long line of birds until it snowballs into something over the top and silly. At last, though, a wise old owl calmly delivers the original message to Peter, who had been playing ball with his other bird friends. Barnett's simply told, slapstick story of miscommunication is well matched by Corace's big, bold watercolor illustrations of wacky anthropomorphized birds. Each two-page spread subtly reveals hints for how each bird distorts the message, and the opening and closing pictures of the birds on a telephone wire quietly add to the joke. With short lines and page-filling, laugh-out-loud images, this would be a great pick for a group read-aloud.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Barnett (Extra Yarn) and Corace (I Hatched!) prove delightful collaborators as they inject new fizz into an old parlor game. On a telephone wire above a street lined with houses, a maternal-looking pigeon turns to a cardinal holding a baseball bat. "Tell Peter: Fly home for dinner," she says. A page turn provides a comic pause as the cardinal filters what it's heard through its love of baseball. "Tell Peter: Hit pop flies and homers," the cardinal whispers to the goose on the wire next to him. The goose, wearing aviator's goggles, has its own set of mental filters ("Tell Peter: Prop planes are for fliers"), and the fun continues down the wire. The pale blue sky and mounds of white clouds behind the birds lend a spacious, desultory air to the proceedings, yet the concentrated areas of texture and pattern where the birds interact are crammed with visual interest. The idea that one's own passions affect the way one engages with the world is a subtle concept, but it's presented with verve and humor. Ages 4-8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Barnett offers an inspired take on the game of Telephone, where a simple sentence is twisted and confused as it passes from person to person. In this case, a mismatched flock of birds perched on a wire (a telephone wire, in fact) are responsible for passing a message from a mother pigeon to her son. Each bird has a unique interest that influences its version of the original message, "Tell Peter: Fly home for dinner," and guessing each bird's hobby becomes part of the fun of reading the book. The details in the boldly colored illustrations perfectly illuminate the avian personalities, from sweat beads on the nervous turkey, who cries, "Tell Peter: I'm too high up on this wire!" to the pocket square worn by the calm, wise owl, who manages to pass on the instructions accurately. Simple, silly text is kid-friendly and great for read-alouds, while spreads showing the whole line of birds and the houses below will hold any child's attention. Barnett has created another unique, clever book that young readers will love.- Marian McLeod, Convent of the Sacred Heart, Greenwich, CT (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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