Monday, November 26, 2012

'Courtney Saves Christmas (A Bird Brain Book) Book Tour


Courtney is a peppy young penguin who just loves exploring, and is overjoyed when she receives a compass from Santa on Christmas morning. She’s so grateful for the gift, in fact, that she just needs to give Santa a great big hug and say “Thank you!” in person. The only problem is she lives in the South Pole, and Santa is all the way on the other side of the globe!

With the aid of her new compass, Courtney sets off on a journey that takes her almost an entire year. By the time she reaches Santa’s workshop, the elves are in a flurry preparing for the upcoming holiday. Unfortunately, Rudolph is feeling very sick—too sick to guide the sleigh. If Courtney can’t find a way to help, Christmas will be ruined and all the children of the world will be devastated. What’s a little penguin to do?

 **My thoughts**

So many stories exist in which a character grows and finds new strength within herself as she saves the Christmas holiday. This one is really cute, though, and worth being added to your Christmas list. Courtney has a love of exploration, which leads her to her greatest adventure ever. It's also a good lesson in being grateful for what you are given and stepping up to help when needed.

This is my first Bird Brain book. I really liked it and the idea of using birds to tell stories. I also caught a hint of science as they talked about how to tell direction with the compass and how penguins live in the South Pole. Also, the mention of ostriches living in Africa can lead to research and discussion about habitats. I look forward to checking out the rest of them.

This is a picture book, but the story is long. Your youngest kids may not be able to sit through the entire book all at once, but older ones will. Another option would be to break it up into sections while reading it with really young ones.

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Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she's not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm Novel Publicity. Best known for her Young Adult novels, she is also developing a small, but devoted, following to her children's book series and is beginning to dapple in other genres as well. Emlyn enjoys connecting with readers and is available via almost every social media site in existence. Visit for more info. Don't forget to say "hi" to her sun conure Ducky!
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review, Andrea. I'm so glad you enjoyed your introduction to the Bird Brain Books! You're right, Courtney is on the long side--actually, twice as long as the next longest book. I kind of picture it as an old-timey claymation special. That would be so much fun :-D