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Publishers Weekly, 1997-06-30 Harry keeps secret the talents of the parrot (chess-player, linguist, gourmet) that he inherits from an eccentric uncle in what PW called a "believable, satisfying animal fantasy, with memorable characterizations and playful humor." Ages 8-12. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1987-02-13 Harry's parents and friends think he's mad, because he acts out the rich fantasies of his 10-year-old imagination. And when his eccentric American uncle dies and leaves Harry a parrot named Madison (Mad), they're convinced of it. Mad is no ordinary parroting parrot; he's a linguist, a crossword-puzzle ace, a chess champ and a gourmet. The cozy English family agrees to keep Mad's extraordinary talents secretuntil a burglar kidnaps the bird. It seems as if Harry's Mad has been lost forever, but happily all ends well. Once again, King-Smith ( Babe: The Gallant Pig, Pigs Might Fly, etc.) has devised a believable, satisfying animal fantasy, with memorable characterizations and playful humor. Bennett provides lively, charming pen-and-ink drawings that are perfectly in keeping with the story; this is a sprightly read-aloud and a treat for the author's considerable following. Ages 812. (February)
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