Nerdy Birdy Tweets
Nerdy Birdy Tweets
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Annotation: Spending all of his time on social media making online friends, Nerdy Birdy neglects his live friend, Vulture.
Catalog Number: #5904408
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Davies, Matt
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-626-72128-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-626-72128-9
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016038470
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Diminutive, bespectacled, smartphone-carrying Nerdy Birdy and hulking, hooded-eyed Vulture make an odd-couple pair of best friends. The friendship works well, though--until Nerdy Birdy joins "Tweetster." All of a sudden, he's more concerned with the attention of his virtual friends than of his actual one. The story avoids preachiness by incorporating myriad LOL-worthy details into the wry text and scratchy pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoon illustrations.
Kirkus Reviews
An unlikely avian friendship is threatened by an obsession with social media in this follow-up to Nerdy Birdy (2015).Big slouchy Vulture and Nerdy Birdy, tiny and brown with big, round eyeglasses, are best friends, though they're very different. Nerdy Birdy loves playing video games, while Vulture loves snacking on dead things. Together, they enjoy taking goofy pictures of each other, making silly faces, and making fun of each other's lunch. One day, Nerdy Birdy discovers an amazing new game. It's called Tweetster; it does awesome things. After a week, Nerdy Birdy has over 500 new friends across the globe, but he doesn't seem to notice the friend right in front of him. Vulture gets bored and flies away, but joining Tweetster herself restores common ground between the friends. But when Vulture logs onto the site, she finds a picture of herself and an insulting caption from Nerdy Bird. This thoughtless act causes Vulture to flap away for good. Nerdy Birdy reaches out for sympathy to his virtual network, but the response is underwhelming. Determined to find Vulture, Nerdy Birdy searches high and low, finally finding her and declaring, "One real live you is worth a thousand Tweetster friends." Reynolds' friendship fable is straightforwardly told. Davies' lively and imaginative pictures, in pen, ink, and watercolor, consistently delight. But are very young readers, at whom the book seems aimed, using social media? Still, cute and clever, and if it gives some prophylactic friendship pointers to children not yet networked, here's hoping they'll remember them. (Picture book. 3-5)
Publishers Weekly
Nerdy Birdy and Vulture, who became pals in 2015-s Nerdy Birdy, return in this social media-themed sequel, which puts their relationship to the test after Nerdy Birdy starts making online friends on Tweetster and ignoring the friend right in front of him. After @nerdybirdy tweets an unflattering lunch photo of @vulturegirl (-She eats dead things. Ewwwwwww!!-), Vulture has had enough, leading to a line that seems to sum up the book-s reason for existence: -Just because you thought it, doesn-t mean you should tweet it.- It-s advice that translates just fine to nondigital situations (-If you can-t say something nice...-), but despite Reynolds-s sharp dialogue and Davies-s appealingly ugly-cute illustrations, the plot feels mismatched to the book-s audience-though kids will get the Angry Worms reference just fine. Ages 4-8. Agent: Paul Rodeen, Rodeen Literary Management. (Aug.)

Word Count: 697
Reading Level: 2.6
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 191908 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:1.8 / points:1.0 / quiz:Q75217
Lexile: AD510L

When Nerdy Birdy signs up for Tweetster, new friends start flying in, much to the dismay of Nerdy's best friend, Vulture, in this follow-up to "Nerdy Birdy." Full color.

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