The Emperor's Ostrich (Hardcover)
Magic and mayhem abound in this fantasy adventure from the author of The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place.
Young dairymaid Begonia has lost her cow Alfalfa. So she has set off on a search across the countryside even though she has nothing but a magical map to guide her. Along the way she meets a mother and baby, a woodcutter, a very dirty young man, and an eight-foot ostrich.
Meanwhile, the emperor has gone missing from the royal palace in a most mysterious manner. Was it murder? Was it magic? It will take all of Begonia's wits to save the empire and get Alfalfa home safely.
About the Author
Julie Berry is the author of the 2017 Printz Honor and Los Angeles Times Book Prize shortlisted novel The Passion of Dolssa, the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me (2013, Viking), the Odyssey Honor title The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (2014, Roaring Brook), and six others. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College. She divides her time between Massachusetts and California with her family.
"Cheeky commentary about class and feminism, giggle-inducing wordplay, and jokes about the ridiculousness of imperial overindulgence round out this story." - Kirkus Reviews
"Berry (The Passion of Dolssa, 2016) works a kind of magic with this enchanting adventure, orchestrating individual characters’ stories into a seamlessly unified narrative." - Booklist *Starred Review
"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." - School Library Journal
"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 betterunderstandings of themselves, provides ample cliffhanging scenes of drama andexcitement, and sees to it that the villains are punished in highly satisfying ways." - Horn Book
"Berry balances humor, drama, and poignancy effectively, keeping things moving along even while dropping key life lessons about kindness and inclusivity along the way...this novel is fantasy gold for readers who want a straightforward tale told well." - BCCB
"Whimsical details, including an enchanted map and a pot of mustard that changes flavor, will delight readers, and the nonstop action will keep them on the edge of their seats." - Publisher's Weekly
What a sweet, gentle book this is! Sister tells how her younger brother finds objects, and in his quest, he finds a shining fallen star. After they realize it may be someone else's, Massini's whimsical illustrations point to some usual suspects - but alas! no one claims the star. Ah, but greater things are in store for the pair, and with Hay's imaginative telling, a happy ending is clearly seen. Gorgeous, vibrant artwork make this a standout for storytime. Be ready for multiple tellings! - Maureen