by Adam P., May 19, 2008 12:41 PM
David Almond struck a chord that resonated throughout the Kids' Team with My Dad's a Birdman, a novel that is whimsically illustrated and darkly comic in a very British way. The story of Lizzie and her dad bonding over the Great Human Bird Competition (which also serves to mask their grief over Mom's death) has both the strange lightheartedness of Roald Dahl's Matilda and the emotional maturity of Michael Rosen's Sad Book. My Dad's a Birdman was originally a play, and one of the character's names is Mr. Poop ? try reading it out loud and not laughing.