Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Indie Pen-Dance Wednesday - "Stunt Crow" by David Freedman and Mike Kelly (Amazon Self Published)

Stunt Crow

Written by David Freedman

Illustrated by Mike Kelly

Published by Amazon Self Publishing Platform

This week's Indie-Pen Dance Wednesday book is such a lyrical delight to read aloud that we're getting quite carried away with how beautifully it reads.

"Stunt Crow" is the story of - yep you've guessed it - a crow, but if you've ever seen a bird more aerobatic than Stunt Crow in a children's book, we'd sure like to hear about it.

David Freedman's book, delightfully and beautifully illustrated by Mike Kelly, regales us with the tale of one plucky bird who is the master of the skies, with a cheeky sense of fun and the ability to soar and whirl like a dervish.

Not many birds are crazy enough to take on a fox! Swoop!

No one is safe from Stunt Crow's aerial attacks, certainly not poor Fox who is divebombed. But when a new antagonist shows up, even Stunt Crow might have to watch out - Eagles are not to be trifled with.

Beautiful prose that whirls and wheels just like Stunt Crow himself, and a story that layers excitement and tension right up to a brilliant finale and a showdown with Eagle, Stunt Crow really is a superbly satisfying book. Children have a huge capacity for appreciating stories that are not stilted and stuttered, but flow like this and Stunt Crow truly is a rare treat that Charlotte really enjoyed. She also enjoyed the rather fabulous Origami crow that came with the book too!

You can obtain David's book from the Stunt Crow website via this link

How lovely is this origami crow, sent by the author!

Charlotte's best bit: Stunt Crow divebombing Fox and making her run for cover!

Daddy's Favourite bit: I loved that opening line, five crows coughed from the branches of a tree by the wind.

(Kindly sent to us for review by David Freedman)