Billy the Bird by Dick King-Smith

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Look up into the starry sky on the night of the full moon and you'll see...a bird? A plane? No...a little boy!

Eight-year-old Mary Bird has discovered a secret: her four-year-old brother Billy can fly! Floating around his room is bad enough, but when he takes off out an open window, Mary's sure disaster isn't far behind. She may be right!

This whimsical, satisfying, young middle-grade fantasy by Dick King-Smith is filled with action, adventure, and lovable talking animals.


About Dick King-Smith

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Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England, surrounded by pet animals.After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children's books. Among his well-loved books is "Babe, The Gallant Pig ," which was made into a major motion picture, and was nominated for an Academy Award.Other titles include The Water Horse (also a major motion picture), Martin's Mice, and Titus Rules. Dick currently lives with his wife in a small 17th-century cottage, about three miles from the house where he was born.
Published August 3, 2000 by Doubleday. 69 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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King-Smith makes some slapstick jokes about the situation ("Goodness, how time flies," remarks their mother concerning the late hour, "And that's not the only thing that's been flying," says Mary to herself), and younger readers ready to test their wings on a short novel should find the story eng...

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