Rescuing Mrs. Birdley
Rescuing Mrs. Birdley

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Annotation: In this wildly charming and fantastically imaginative story a young animal expert knows just what to do when she spots her teacher in the wild.
Catalog Number: #219731
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-534-42704-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-8432-0
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-534-42704-4 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-8432-0
Dewey: E
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Self-proclaimed animal expert Miranda Montgomery has honed her skills by watching the Nature Joe Animal Show every day. When she sees her teacher in the grocery store, Miranda is certain that Mrs. Birdley would be much happier in her natural habitat, the classroom. Miranda springs into action, constructing a pit trap, concocting a blueberry yogurt lure, and finally successfully capturing Mrs. Birdley inside a garbage can, which she then rolls down the street and into the school. Miranda is heartened by her success, until she spies the school principal looking at lawn mowers in the home improvement store. Aaron Reynolds' tongue-in-cheek text cleverly exploits the trope that educators have no life beyond the school. Emma Reynolds' digital illustrations highlight jungle green predominately, accented with neon purples, oranges, and yellows. Her cartoon-style characters feature prominent hair, button eyes, and expressive faces. Compositions are attractively varied, ranging from full-bleed spreads to single-page art and smaller, paneled illustrations. The text's use of terminology borrowed from nature videos (becoming "aggressive" and "natural habitat") adds to the fun.
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 1 Miranda Montgomery considers herself an animal expertafter all, she is a devotee of the "Nature Joe Animal Show" and has studied his techniques in detail. If there is one thing she has learned, it's that animals should always live in their natural habitat. Imagine Miranda's surprise and glee when she discovers one such animal outside its regular environment. Mrs. Birdley, Miranda's teacher, is at the grocery store when she clearly belongs in her classroom. Miranda is all systems go and after a few botched and very humorous capture attempts, she is able to secure Mrs. Birdley in a trash can and roll her back to school. Miranda then proceeds to lock her teacher in a classroom. However, there is no rest for young Miranda because the very next day she spies her principal at the hardware store. Well, what's an animal expert to do? VERDICT Reynolds, award-winning author of Creepy Carrots! , has delivered another gem and children will relish Miranda's outrageous traps and the poor unsuspecting adults who are snared in them. A definite purchase for all children's collections and an easy choice for a read-aloud. Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, MI
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD710L

In this wildly charming and fantastically imaginative story by the New York Times bestselling author of Creepy Carrots and Creepy Pair of Underwear, a young animal expert knows just what to do when she spots her teacher in the wild.

Miranda is an animal expert. Or at least, she watches a lot of Nature Joe. Nature Joe is incredible. He rescues animals, returning them to their natural habitat.

Mrs. Birdley is a teacher. The natural habitat of a teacher is a classroom.

So when Mrs. Birdley escapes school and ends up wild, loose, and confused at the local grocery store, Miranda knows just what to do: she must use her brain, her guts, and her extensive knowledge of Nature Joe to rescue Mrs. Birdley—at any cost!

This delightfully over-the-top picture book by newcomer Emma Reynolds explores the weirdness of seeing a teacher outside of school and will have young readers laughing out loud every time they read.

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