Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - The Simple Art of Flying

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Book Review - The Simple Art of Flying

The Simple Art of Flying

About the Book

Quirky characters, plucky humor, and a heartwarming message come together in this big-hearted debut novel about friendship and the true meaning of family.

Sometimes flying means keeping your feet on the ground…

Born in a dismal room in a pet store, Alastair the African grey parrot dreams of escape to bluer skies. He’d like nothing more than to fly away to a palm tree with his beloved sister, Aggie. But when Aggie is purchased by twelve-year-old Fritz, and Alastair is adopted by elderly dance-enthusiast and pie-baker Albertina Plopky, the future looks ready to crash-land.

In-between anxiously plucking his feathers, eating a few books, and finding his own poetic voice, Alastair plots his way to a family reunion. But soon he’s forced to choose between the life he’s always dreamed of and admitting the truth: that sometimes, the bravest adventure is in letting go.

My Take on the Book
This was a great balance of fantasy and reality as you meet two sibling African grey parrots that cannot be any more different than one another. Even though they are different there is a great love between them. That being said, the book shows you how when Alastair's sister Aggie is adopted, Alastair will do whatever he can to find and be with his sister again. There is humor in Alastair's thwarted attempts to escape, but you also see the challenge of being pulled in numerous directions as you see Alastair becoming fond of an 80 year old bird that comes into the same store. This was an interesting book that allows you to see the birds through unique voices. The author does a good job at capturing the story and the characters and in the end you get a very good story that keeps bringing you back for more.

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