Our family have really enjoyed following Algy on his perilous journey. The story is layered in a way that engages younger readers while still providing depth and interest for older ones. The coastal setting and animals Algy meets are beautifully illustrated in watercolour. Recommended!
A lovely book with beautiful illustrations. Jenny Chapman uses words cleverly to paint pictures in your imagination whether you know the west coast of Scotland and its wildlife or not. A book to be enjoyed by people of all ages, especially when read aloud. Looking forward to the next one and I will continue to follow Algy's Adventures on Tumblr.
"Wonderful Little Book" - I have been following the online "Adventures of Algy" for over a year and was excited to hear that Author Jenny Chapman had brought Algy - aka a Surprisingly Fluffy Bird to life in the words and illustrations of her first book. The story chronicles Algy's adventures on the coast of Scotland and introduces readers to a variety of British coastal wildlife. It is a good read for young and old (7+ years, a bit younger if you are going to read the story out loud), and the way in which Jenny chose to emphasize sections of text begs for it to be read aloud. The story does have a Scottish flavour to it, for those unfamiliar with some of the words and phrases there is an online dictionary available at www.adventuresofalgy.com. I'm looking forward to seeing the second installment of Algy's adventures when the next book is published.
Like others here, I have followed Algy on Tumblr for a while. And even though I am well up there now in years, my wife and I do still enjoy children's literature. So it was a very welcome development to see that Jenny Chapman has published her first Algy book. It was a well written and enjoyable book to read with something to appeal to all ages. Algy is very engaging bird.