Harry's Mad

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Crown, 1987 - Inheritance and succession - 123 pages
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It's a mad world indeed when a boy's best friend is a talking parrot like Madison, in this rollicking new novel by the author of the award-winning book Babe the Gallant Pig. Illustrated.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Harry Holdsworth, nine, inherits a 40-year-old parrot from a great-uncle who was a professor of linguistics across the ocean in New York. Initially nonplussed by the bequest—since he's not interested ... Read full review

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User Review  - StoryB - LibraryThing

Lots of fun and very nicely written. A young boy inherits a parrot from his great uncle. Surprises, talent and a special friendship pave the way in this exciting book. Read full review


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About the author (1987)

Dick King-Smith was born on March 27, 1922 in Bitten, Gloucestershire, England. Before becoming a full-time author, he was a farmer and a schoolteacher. He served in the Grenadier Guards during World War II and attended Marlborough College in Wiltshire. He has written over 100 children's books including The Fox Busters, The Hodgeheg, 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. He was voted Children's Author of the Year at the 1991 British Book Awards. He died on January 4, 2011 at the age of 88.

Jill Bennett and Nick Sharratt have already compiled for Oxford the successful Noisy Poems and Tasty Poems.

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