Sunday, May 12, 2019

Review - The Best Nest

The Best Nest
by P. D. Eastman
Date: 1968
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 64
Format: e-book
Source: library

Mr. and Mrs. Bird's search for a "better" nest leads them to some peculiar spots.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I may have read this at some point in the past, but I don't remember it; it's not as memorable as some of Eastman's other books (especially Are You My Mother?). This is a story about a bird couple who become dissatisfied with their home. Actually, Mr. Bird loves his home... but Mrs. Bird is tired of it and hates it. She wants to relocate. So they fly off in search of a new place to build their nest, eventually placing it on top of a bell in a church steeple. As expected, it's not the dream home they've always wanted.

Mrs. Bird comes off as a bit of a stereotypical demanding wife, and Mr. Bird as the gormless husband. This may just be the book showing its age. It's subtle, but if old stereotypes like that bother you, you might want to stay away from this one.

Despite its length (why are Eastman's books all so long?!) it's a quick read and is fairly entertaining.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3 out of 5

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