mixed media illustrations add a quirky post-modern flair to this tale
of an unlikely friendship.
carefully chosen words vividly evoke each scene (the bird "peeked, pecked, poked, and lightly
"They slurped, munched, squirted, crunched, and spit out the seeds")
This offbeat riff on the joys of the unexpected as well as the give-and-take
of friendship is eggs-actly right.
...An odd little tale of fruit and friendship.
strength here lies in the originality of DePalma's mixed-media illustrations,
the bird as a plucky, wide-eyed innocent
willing to take on the world.
is real humor in the illustrations, the highlight of the book being a
spread where both eat
and then spit out the orange seeds
with endearing verve.
School Library Journal
plot is deceptive in its simplicity, and yet it underlines issues
important to children:
cooperation, friendship, using your individual
talents, cause and effect, and nature.
...The text is simply constructed, one or two lines per page with
vocabulary that is easy
for beginning readers. An endearing story for young readers
and listeners.--Susan Marie Pitard
San Diego Union-Tribune
and a bird caretake an orange in this totally improbable yet wholly satisfying
DePalma's illustrations are the reason why; They're whimsical in a
fresh, new way that's economical
of color and line, but loaded with emotion.
This is one of those rare books that grabs the reader and won't let go.