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Broadway Bird: 06/14/22

Broadway Bird

Broadway Bird by Alex Timbers and Alisa Coburn (Illustrations) is about a parakeet with huge aspirations. She loves to sing. She loves Broadway theater. She wants to be a part of it! If only she can land that audition.

Louisa auditions for Guys and Dogs. But she's a small green bird. The director just can't see beyond her form. How will a bird fit into a play about dogs and gambling?

As a side note, I found myself giggling at the reference to Guys and Dolls. It was the second one in the books I have recently read. The other one was a cozy mystery, Faux Paw by Sofie Kelly (2015) where one of her informants has self styled himself after Big Jule.

This picture book, though, isn't about landing a specific role. Instead it's about perseverance, practice, and a belief in one's abilities. By the end of the book she's had her chance on stage after working her way there.

Louisa's Broadway world is colorfully illustrated by Alisa Coburn. The colors on and off the stage are vibrant and inviting. Despite being populated with animals instead of people, the sites are recognizable. She's also a book cover artist and did the lovely cover of Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn (2019) as well as the inside illustrations.

Five stars

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