Bluebird summer / by Deborah Hopkinson ; illustrated by Bethanne Andersen.

Gramps's farm isn't the same after Grandma's death, but slowly Mags and Cody work to recreate her spirit by bringing back some of the things she loved.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Hopkinson, Deborah.
Other Authors: Andersen, Bethanne, 1954- (Illustrator)
Format: Book
Published: [New York] : Greenwillow Books, c2001.
Edition:1st ed.
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

This slender tale features King-Smith's (Babe, the Gallant Pig; Spider Sparrow) signature talking animals and gentle humor, but falls shy of his usual standards. Mary Bird is eight the summer she discovers that her little brother can fly. On Friday, June 20, "I looked up, and there I saw BillyÄhis nose, his tummy, and his toes touching the ceiling. He wasn't walking in his sleep, he was floating in it!" With the help of her guinea pig and cat (both of which can talk), Mary deduces that Billy can defy gravity only during a full moon. One August night, BillyÄwho has no recollection of his feats the morning afterÄactually makes it out his window, swooping through the night sky. So begins a series of mild adventuresÄincluding a cat burglar who gets his comeuppance when an "alien" (Billy) attacks himÄuntil a lunar eclipse grounds Billy for good. King-Smith makes some slapstick jokes about the situation ("Goodness, how time flies," remarks their mother concerning the late hour, "And that's not the only thing that's been flying," says Mary to herself), and younger readers ready to test their wings on a short novel should find the story engaging. But the novel jumps from one of Billy's flights to the next, without much character development or description of daily life. Fans of King-Smith's more substantial fare may wish this one were a bit more meaty. Final artwork not seen by PW. Ages 7-10. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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