Monday, January 6, 2014

REVIEW: Sleeping with the Blackbirds

Sleeping with the Blackbirds
By: Alex Pearl

Genre: Children
Publication date: 9.10.2011
Pages: 94

Date read: 1.6.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: Eleven-year-old schoolboy, Roy Nuttersley has been dealt a pretty raw deal. While hideous parents show him little in the way of love and affection, school bullies make his life a misery. So Roy takes comfort in looking after the birds in his suburban garden, and in return the birds hatch a series of ambitious schemes to protect their new friend.

As with the best-laid plans, however, these get blown completely off course - and as a result the lives of both Roy and his arch tormentor, Harry Hodges are turned upside down. While Harry has a close encounter with God, Roy embarks on a voyage of discovery that draws in and impacts on everyone around him, including the local police, his headmaster and the national media. Where will it all end, and will life ever be quite the same for Roy Nuttersley?

My thoughts

I'm a big believer in taking the time to read a chapter a day to children before (and even after) they're able to read.  It not only teaches them whatever the moral of the story is, but also teaches them words (how they sound and what they look like) and gives you quality time with no distractions except your imaginations.  THIS is a great chapter book to share with the younger generations, especially since it touches on both bullying and feelings when parents fight a lot at home. 

Those are the two things that Roy has to deal with on a daily basis.  The bully (and his gang) are mean - and the parents argue so much and so loud that the neighbors even hear it.  Not only do they fight a lot, but they don't seem to notice Roy at all.  The one thing that makes him happy is the birds in his backyard - he even makes brightly colored homes for them.  His parents may not notice him, but the birds sure do.  And that's all I'm going to tell you about the story.  You need to read it to find out the rest.  :)

The end is a beautiful and unexpected ending to a very colorful story and one I will definitely be sharing with the little kids in my life. :)

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