Harry's Mad by Dick King-Smith

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Harry Holdsworth had never heard of his Great-Uncle George until he inherited the old man’s most cherished possession: an African Grey parrot named Madison. Harry’s first reaction was one of dismay. Who wants a big pet bird―one that could live for another 40 years?

But when Mad introduces himself in perfect American, Harry discovers he has found a friend―and more. For Mad is an ace at board games and crosswords, a fund of useful information, and even Harry’s homework improves under Mad’s tuition. Soon, the whole family are wondering what they ever did without him. Unfortunately, they are soon to be reminded!

 

About Dick King-Smith

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Dick King-Smith was born on March 27, 1922 in Bitten, Gloucestershire, England. He was a farmer and a schoolteacher and he also served in the Grenadier Guards during World War II. King-Smith has written over 100 children's books including The Fox Busters and The Sheep Pig (aka Babe-The Gallant Pig), which was adapted as the 1995 film Babe. The 1995 TV miniseries The Queen's Nose was also based in one of his books. King-Smith was voted Children's Author of the Year at the 1992 British Book Awards.
 
Published June 1, 1999 by Peter Smith Pub Inc. 123 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Harry keeps secret the talents of the parrot (chess-player, linguist, gourmet) that he inherits from an eccentric uncle in what PW called a believable, satisfying animal fantasy, with memorable char

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Harry keeps secret the talents of the parrot (chess-player, linguist, gourmet) that he inherits from an eccentric uncle in what PW called a ""believable, satisfying animal fantasy, with memorable characterizations and playful humor."" Ages 8-12.

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