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Review & Giveaway (INT): Bird Brain Books by Emlyn Chand

Bird Brain Books

By Emyln Chand

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Honey the Hero

Honey, an inquisitive young parakeet living in the Australian Outback, decides to become a superhero after she spies a human family watching Superman. Since she already has the power of flight, all she needs to do is create a costume to conceal her true identity and then fly off in search of animals that need rescuing.

Unfortunately, every time she tries to help, Honey only ends up making matters worse. She spoils Kangaroo’s game of hide-and-go-seek by revealing his hiding place to Wallaby; Mr. Anteater must go hungry when she alerts the ants to his presence, and Mrs. Koala is made a laughingstock among bears when Honey pretends to be her Joey. Finally realizing that she’s not as heroic as she’d like, Honey gives up her day-saving efforts.

But what happens when someone actually needs Honey’s help? Will she rise to the challenge?

My View: This one’s a really cute little story about Honey who loves super characters and wants to be the damsel in shining armor for perhaps a knight in distress (yes, I deliberately mixed that up) but alas, she never gets things right. She tries and tries but oh well, she ends up making things worse for the other and gets scolded. But after having given up on her pursuits comes the real chance to help someone. What happens then? Read the book to find out.

The lovely pictures, the catchy story line and the moral of the story makes it suitable and apt for a child to read or be read to.

Davey the Detective

Davey dubs himself the luckiest crow in the entire world when he finds a wonderful, shiny object. It even has a fantastic name: “paperclip.” Wow!

One dark and dreary day, Davey’s treasure goes missing, and he is beside himself with grief. Luckily, he knows just how he can find out which of the forest animals is to blame for the theft. Inspired by the torn pages of a Sherlock Holmes story that were used to fashion his nest, Davey calls on the help of Sarah the sparrow to investigate the mystery and, hopefully, retrieve his prize.

Together the two birds begin to collect clues. Their trail leads them straight to Mr. Bushtail, a greedy squirrel who keeps a giant store of objects in a hollowed-out tree trunk. When Mr. Bushtail refuses to cooperate, the two birds have no choice but to break into his tree house in search of the truth.

Justice will prevail and treasure will be found in this intriguing tale of mystery.

My View: A detective story adapts well into the life of Davey (a crow) when his precious treasure of a paper clip goes missing. With the aid of Sarah, the sparrow, he sets out to find the thief.

But alas, they are not very good at this new job they have found for themselves and they set their doubts on Bushtail, the squirrel. Is he the real culprit? Where did the paper clip vanished? Who turns out to be the great detective, Davey or Sarah? Read the book to find out.

Full of beautiful color pictures and interesting story, this book will catch the fancy of little Sherlock Holmes and teach them a lesson while they’re at it.

Poppy the Proud

Poppy is the prettiest peacock in the entire garden, but one day his privileged existence is upset when an all-white peacock is born and promptly named the most beautiful by a smitten flock. Intensely jealous, Poppy no longer knows where he fits in and decides to reclaim his title as the fairest bird in all the land, no matter what it takes.

In a desperate attempt to regain the admiration of his peers, Poppy steals items from the humans that visit his park. He wraps himself in a beautiful silk scarf, wears a series of ornate bangles around his neck, and even tries to dye his feathers with colored dust from a festive Holi celebration. Unfortunately, each of these attempts not only fails to improve his appearance, they actually make it worse. What’s a poor bird to do?

In this compelling tale of self-esteem, pride, and learning what makes each of us special, Poppy the peacock discovers that true beauty lies beneath the feathers.

My View: Ooh, I love that cover. A peacock as the main character, just wow. Like a little kid yearning to start reading a book with beautiful pictures, I opened the book and got ready for my bed time reading.

Hidden in the simple words of this story is a wonderful moral that is so easily taught to the children by reading this out. Not only will they love the pictures and laugh at Poppy, the peacock’s theatrics but also learn an important lesson for life.

I really loved this story and enjoyed it thoroughly. I am sure the kids will want to read/ be read this time and again.

Tommy goes Trick-or-Treating

Tommy is a mischievous little woodpecker who loves to fly to the edge of the forest and watch the people in the nearby suburb. One evening, something strange and exciting happens—people emerge from their houses wearing costumes and carrying colorful buckets with smiling faces on them. What’s even crazier is that they shout a special codeword while standing outside of each house, and are given delicious-looking candy.

Tommy simply must join in the fun. He and his friend, Michael the raccoon, fashion their own costumes and head off to join in the festivities. Thanks to Tommy’s knock-knocking beak and Michael’s quick paws, the duo is able to heist many a candy bar from the unsuspecting homeowners and children.

But are they missing out on the true spirit of Halloween?

My View: This is a cute story about Tommy and Michael who are fascinated by the custom of Halloween and decide to get some treat by scaring away the kids.

But while they are having fun and filling their tummies, they realize an important lesson for life.

A story about animals, Halloween and candies, this book will enthrall the little ones and teach them the lesson of giving and sharing.

It’s currently Free on Amazon.

Courtney Saves Christmas

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 View: I love Penguins! And I’m sure all kids do as well. Combine it with Christmas, Santa and travel around the world and Emlyn’s got a winner story.

Set in the spirit of Christmas, this story has more than one moral and teaches the magic of thanking and helping others.

The lovely pictures make the story more interesting for those little readers. This is a story they would like to be read to every Christmas.


Giveaway (INT)

Emlyn will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. So comment away and follow the tour.

About the Author

Emlyn Chand emerged from the womb with a fountain pen clutched in her left hand (true story). When she’s notwriting, 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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Often seen with a nose buried in a book, you might spy me at a library while 500 unread books adorn my shelf. At other times, I'm busy travelling solo, eating out or looking for my new escapades. You will always find me doing too much all at once.

32 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway (INT): Bird Brain Books by Emlyn Chand

  1. These sound like a lot of fun–thank you for the reviews and the introduction to Emlyn’s series! Looking forward to having my kids give these a read!

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    1. You’re most welcome, Emlyn. I am so happy to see you broadening your writing horizons. You do such a great job with these. I’m sure little ones will fall in love with them. My favorite is Poppy the Proud. 🙂


  2. These sound like something my little cousin would get a kick out of! He loves to have books read to him.



      1. The 6th book, Vicky Finds a Valentine, just released, and I have 3 more coming this year–a prehistoric set. I hope to keep writing them forever and have told my publisher my goal is 5,000. So many birds in the world!


    1. Hi, Lyra. The amount of research depends on the story. I have to make sure I get the habitats and other animals correct. My next three books have required quite a bit of research since they are set in prehistoric times–lots to learn!


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