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The Emperor’s Ostrich



by
Julie Berry

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Macmillan
Imprint
Roaring Brook
ISBN
9781596439580

Awards and Honors
Booklist 2018 Top 10 Books, Incredible Journeys in Middle Grade Novels
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Language: Mild Language
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Young dairymaid Begonia has lost her cow, Alfalfa. So she has set out on a search across the countryside even though she has nothing but a magical map to guide her. Map.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

288

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

4.9: points 8

Lexile

680L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

13

JLG Release

Sep 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Adventure and adventurers. Magic. Action and adventure. Fairy tales and folklore. Humorous stories. Animal companions. Friendship. Kings, queens, and rulers. Social classes. Castles.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

School Library Journal

This whimsical, rambling adventure also serves as a coming-of-age tale. First, readers meet the Emperor, who though technically an adult has been pampered his whole life and has a lot of growing up to do. Next up is Begonia, a farm girl who’s been burdened with responsibilities from a young age but still needs to learn about herself. Both are jolted out of their regular lives: Begonia when she is sent off in pursuit of her family’s lost cow, the Emperor when a demon scares him out of his bedroom in the dead of night and he flees by ostrich. Once on the road they meet an eclectic band of companions, including each other. Guided by Grandfather and Grandmother Spirit, they must step up to save the kingdom from the evil Chancellor, who has taken over in the Emperor’s absence. This novel is well written and well executed, with Berry’s clear prose holding together a complicated plot and increasingly eccentric cast of characters. VERDICT Give to kids who enjoy a clever story and don’t mind a strong dose of silliness, or to anyone who loves the idea of a cow who becomes besotted with an ostrich.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA

Horn Book

A beloved farm animal, a perpetually messy young man, a missing boy emperor, and a sturdy heroine are at the center of Berry’s lively literary fairy tale, a loving homage to Lloyd Alexander and his stories about a pig-keeper and his companions. The story begins with a selfish brat of an emperor behaving so badly that a pair of bantering ancestor spirits decides to teach him a lesson. Next, readers are introduced to the hard-working and reliable milkmaid Begonia, who, upon discovering that the family cow Alfalfa is missing, resolutely heads out to find her. After two kind locals give her a map and a spicy pot of mustard (both magical), Begonia meets a filthy but determinedly chivalrous young man who insists on joining her quest. The errant cow is soon found, having in the meanwhile become besotted with an eight-foot-tall ostrich owned by an arrogant boy dressed in tattered pajamas. Pursued by nefarious individuals, the three reluctantly join forces and carom from one suspenseful adventure to the next, comrades of the road. In this rollicking entertainment of magic, wit, hidden identities, and determination, Berry has hit all the right notes to please fairy tale–loving young readers. She gracefully brings the young heroine and her two companions to better understandings of themselves, provides ample cliffhanging scenes of drama and excitement, and sees to it that the villains are punished in highly satisfying ways. And, of course, there are happy endings for all, lovesick animals included. monica edinger

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

This whimsical, rambling adventure also serves as a coming-of-age tale. First, readers meet the Emperor, who though technically an adult has been pampered his whole life and has a lot of growing up to do. Next up is Begonia, a farm girl who’s been burdened with responsibilities from a young age but still needs to learn about herself. Both are jolted out of their regular lives: Begonia when she is sent off in pursuit of her family’s lost cow, the Emperor when a demon scares him out of his bedroom in the dead of night and he flees by ostrich. Once on the road they meet an eclectic band of companions, including each other. Guided by Grandfather and Grandmother Spirit, they must step up to save the kingdom from the evil Chancellor, who has taken over in the Emperor’s absence. This novel is well written and well executed, with Berry’s clear prose holding together a complicated plot and increasingly eccentric cast of characters. VERDICT Give to kids who enjoy a clever story and don’t mind a strong dose of silliness, or to anyone who loves the idea of a cow who becomes besotted with an ostrich.—Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA

Horn Book

A beloved farm animal, a perpetually messy young man, a missing boy emperor, and a sturdy heroine are at the center of Berry’s lively literary fairy tale, a loving homage to Lloyd Alexander and his stories about a pig-keeper and his companions. The story begins with a selfish brat of an emperor behaving so badly that a pair of bantering ancestor spirits decides to teach him a lesson. Next, readers are introduced to the hard-working and reliable milkmaid Begonia, who, upon discovering that the family cow Alfalfa is missing, resolutely heads out to find her. After two kind locals give her a map and a spicy pot of mustard (both magical), Begonia meets a filthy but determinedly chivalrous young man who insists on joining her quest. The errant cow is soon found, having in the meanwhile become besotted with an eight-foot-tall ostrich owned by an arrogant boy dressed in tattered pajamas. Pursued by nefarious individuals, the three reluctantly join forces and carom from one suspenseful adventure to the next, comrades of the road. In this rollicking entertainment of magic, wit, hidden identities, and determination, Berry has hit all the right notes to please fairy tale–loving young readers. She gracefully brings the young heroine and her two companions to better understandings of themselves, provides ample cliffhanging scenes of drama and excitement, and sees to it that the villains are punished in highly satisfying ways. And, of course, there are happy endings for all, lovesick animals included. monica edinger

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