Izzy the Inventor: Release Day & Ducky’s Review
Today’s a huge day. My 7th Bird Brain Book is officially here, and it launches my new prehistoric bird trilogy. You heard me right–my love of birds meets everyone’s love of dinosaurs for three fun, new kids’ books! Izzy the Inventor is about an archaeopteryx (the very first bird) trying to learn how to fly and accidentally making some very cool discoveries along the way.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, I’ve asked Ducky to assist me in providing a preview of this awesome new book for kids. But first, here’s the official Izzy teaser and some pretty illustrations for you to look over. Oh, and you can read an excerpt at www.EmlynChand.com/kids#7
[jbox]Izzy is a clumsy young prehistoric bird still trying to figure out the whole flying thing. Cave paintings, fire, even the wheel—all are results of Izzy’s clumsiness coupled with her determination to fly. Will Izzy ever learn to fly like the other birds, or will she decide it’s okay to be different?[/jbox]
Now onto the Duck-meister…
Hello, your good friend Ducky here. When Mama Emlyn told me that reviewing Izzy the Inventor would earn me a tasty mango treat, I didn’t hesitate for a second. At first reviewing this book was all about the work. I mean, I’ve been on a “diet” lately, since I’m getting a little chubby–and that’s meant that I have to eat more healthy stuff and less tasty mango treats. 🙁
But you know what? Reading the book was so much fun, I even forgot about my promised reward. Now that’s saying something!
I’d never heard of an archaeopteryx before, so the introduction was super handy. Apparently, they lived way back in the Jurassic period. If my knowledge of movies is correct, Jurassic = dinosaurs!!! In fact, Izzy kind of looked like a dinosaur herself, but don’t worry she wasn’t scary at all.
So the story starts with Izzy’s mom pushing her and her brothers out of the nest. Ozzy and Uzzy flew fine, but Izzy couldn’t figure it out and fell really fast toward the ground. I’ll admit I was scared. I’m an okay flyer, but sometimes I crash and fall. I know how much it hurts! Ouch!
Luckily for Izzy, a friendly wooly mammoth broke her fall. Unluckily from Izzy, she was a long way from her cliff-top nest and missed her mom and even her brothers a little bit (but not that much).
Izzy tried everything she could think of in her attempts to fly–from jumping out of a tree to jumping off a super-speedy raptor. Nothing worked 🙁
So she found a nice cave and cuddled up for the night. The next morning, a caveman came in and startled Izzy. She ran straight into him, and his basket of berries fell and got juice all over her feathers. Trying to get away, she ran into the cave wall and big purple streaks came off her feathers and onto the wall.
That’s when the caveman realized he could use the juice as paint and drew a picture of Izzy! Still Izzy was scared and ran to the top of a tree to hide from the caveman. I wasn’t ever scared of him, though, because I’m much braver than Izzy, and I’ve always liked people better than birds. I guess being the first bird, Izzy still had to figure a bunch of stuff out.
Well, Izzy continues trying to fly and to avoid the caveman. During the story, she accidentally discovers fire and even invents the wheel–and that she does on purpose as part of her flying attempts.
Thanks to Izzy, I learned about both science and history. I never really new much about either to begin with, so I definitely feel smart after reading the story. I also loved how Izzy and the caveman became best friends by the end of the story. It kind of reminded me of me and Mama Emlyn, since we’re best friends, too. And that made me all warm and fuzzy inside.
Well, that’s my review of Izzy the Inventor. You loved it, right? Excellent, now where’s my tasty mango treat, Mama Emlyn?
Anyhoozer, since this book releases today, you can go buy it for the low, low price of $2.99. Oh, yeah. You heard me right, folks. That’s crazy cheap for all the hours of enjoyment you and your parents will get from reading Izzy’s story. So go pick up your copy on Amazon US, Amazon UK, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, or iTunes. The paperback and hardcover editions will be available later this week, too.
Anyway, your good friend Ducky signing out. Once you read Izzy the Inventor, you totally have to come back and leave me a comment, so we can talk about it, okay? Okay! QUACK!