Rescuing Mrs. Birdley
by Reynolds, Aaron; Reynolds, Emma (ILT)

An enthusiastic young animal "expert" who has learned everything she knows from television uses her mind, courage and knowledge of nature to rescue her teacher, who has escaped from school and gone wild at the local grocery store. By the Caldecott Honor-winning author of Creepy Carrots! Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Aaron Reynolds is the New York Times bestselling author of many highly acclaimed books for kids, including Here Comes Destructosaurus!, Carnivores, and the Caldecott Honor&;winning book Creepy Carrots!. He regularly makes time to visit schools where his hilarious hands-on presentations keep kids spellbound. Aaron lives in Chicago with his wife, two kids, four cats, and anywhere between zero and ten goldfish, depending on the day. Visit Aaron at

Emma Reynolds is an illustrator and author based in Manchester, UK. Passionate about storytelling and creating unique characters, Emma also started the #KidLit4Climate illustrated campaign, bringing together thousands of children&;s illustrators and authors from over fifty countries to stand in solidarity with the youth climate strikes. Emma&;s favorite food is pizza. She is inspired by nature, animals, adventure, and seeing the magic in the everyday. She loves bats, cats, bears, walking in the wild, and exploring the world.

Self-proclaimed animal expert Miranda Montgomery has honed her skills by watching the Nature Joe Animal Show every day. When she sees her teacher in the grocery store, Miranda is certain that Mrs. Birdley would be much happier in her natural habitat, the classroom. Miranda springs into action, constructing a pit trap, concocting a blueberry yogurt lure, and finally successfully capturing Mrs. Birdley inside a garbage can, which she then rolls down the street and into the school. Miranda is heartened by her success, until she spies the school principal looking at lawn mowers in the home improvement store. Aaron Reynolds' tongue-in-cheek text cleverly exploits the trope that educators have no life beyond the school. Emma Reynolds' digital illustrations highlight jungle green predominately, accented with neon purples, oranges, and yellows. Her cartoon-style characters feature prominent hair, button eyes, and expressive faces. Compositions are attractively varied, ranging from full-bleed spreads to single-page art and smaller, paneled illustrations. The text's use of terminology borrowed from nature videos (becoming aggressive and natural habitat) adds to the fun. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Well-meaning nature buff Miranda has a bad case of overgeneralizing. Miranda Montgomery adores the Nature Joe Animal Show, admiring the way the brown-skinned wildlife expert rescues wild animals who are lost or in distress and returns them to their natural habitats. With her Nature Joe polo shirt and green shorts on and her brown billowing hair, Miranda enters the grocery store to find her teacher, Mrs. Birdley, far from her natural habitat: school. She makes several failed attempts to capture the wily Mrs. Birdley—who is oblivious—but an oversized trash can finally brings her the success she has witnessed Nature Joe accomplish with lions, lemurs, weasels, and more. With Mrs. Birdley locked safely away in her classroom for the weekend, Miranda walks home confident...until the next day, when she spots yet another adult from school browsing wares in the home-improvement store. From this book's bright green cover to its lively endpapers, readers feel Miranda's assurance that her task is just as important (and as right) as Nature Joe's . Despite Miranda's suburban locale, every few pages her imagination overtakes the scene and overlays it with an all-green habitat where she becomes the rescuer. Her facial expressions aptly convey surprise and disappointment when her traps don't work as well as Nature Joe's, but when she succeeds, her confidence is palpable. Both Miranda and Mrs. Birdley have light-brown skin. A fun story for all the kids who think their teachers live at school, because where else would they live? (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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