Harrys Mad

Smith Dick King, Author, Dick King-Smith, Author, Jill Bennett, Illustrator
Smith Dick King, Author, Dick King-Smith, Author, Jill Bennett, Illustrator Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers $11.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-517-56254-3
Reviewed on: 06/03/1988
Release date: 06/01/1988
Harry's parents and friends think he's mad, because he acts out the rich fantasies of his 10-year-old imagination. And when his eccentric American uncle dies and leaves Harry a parrot named Madison (Mad), they're convinced of it. Mad is no ordinary parroting parrot; he's a linguist, a crossword-puzzle ace, a chess champ and a gourmet. The cozy English family agrees to keep Mad's extraordinary talents secretuntil a burglar kidnaps the bird. It seems as if Harry's Mad has been lost forever, but happily all ends well. Once again, King-Smith ( Babe: The Gallant Pig, Pigs Might Fly, etc.) has devised a believable, satisfying animal fantasy, with memorable characterizations and playful humor. Bennett provides lively, charming pen-and-ink drawings that are perfectly in keeping with the story; this is a sprightly read-aloud and a treat for the author's considerable following. Ages 812. (February)
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