Monday, November 27, 2023

Today's read... Clever Crow by Chris Butterworth

It's said that the early bird catches the worm, and I should get a huge one considering how ready I am on today's read. This book concentrates on crows and should give young readers a better look into this interesting bird. It doesn't hit the shelves until next Summer, but I do enjoy getting excited about upcoming reads. 

by Chris Butterworth
Illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill
Candlewick Press
Picture Book / Nonfiction
32 pages
ages 4 to 8

JULY 9th, 2024!!!

For young bird-watchers and enthusiasts of the natural world comes a beautiful, eye-opening picture book about the familiar but ever-surprising crow.

Crows may not have flashy feathers, beautiful songs, or fancy flying skills, but if a crow looks at you with its small, round eye, you can be sure that it’s thinking, as these birds have very big brains. Did you know that crows will use a stick to poke into a crevice to tease out tasty bugs? Or that they like to play like kids by tumbling down a snowy roof? Or that they remember where they hide their food—but sometimes only pretend to bury a treat to fool other birds? Original and accessible, with Chris Butterworth’s welcoming text and gorgeous, expressive artwork from Olivia Lomenech Gill, Clever Crow is sure to generate newfound respect for these unassuming creatures that young readers come across every day.


The awe surrounding crows remains high as readers learn more about this clever bird.

Readers will learn all about crows in these pages, while never nearing the boredom of dry facts. Everything from crow feathers to flight techniques to food habits and more is mentioned and explained through a flowing text, which almost hits poetic but never quiet gets there. It keeps the listener/reader engaged and pulls them from one page to the next.

Through the use of unique backgrounds and style, the crows are presented in an easy-to-recognize way. The images support the information in the text to help deepen the understanding. Some of the scenes are familiar, while others edge toward an enigmatic atmosphere. This keeps a sense of mystery to the birds and does heighten interest while reading. 

The information is understandable and adds some tidbits young listeners/readers probably didn't know. It's a lovely way to introduce young readers to crows and also can be used to open up a theme for classrooms, groups, or homeschoolers. 

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