Read The Emperor's Ostrich Online Free - A classic madcap romp of a 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.
|Title||:||The Emperor's Ostrich|
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June 23, 2017
This book was so much fun! I'm not normally a fan of middle grade but the writing was done in a way that didn't feel dumbed down. The story itself was magical and fun and I loved it. I would highly recommended to anyone who really likes Ella Enchanted.
February 06, 2017
Such a fun adventure story! Julie calls it her love letter to Lloyd Alexander, and it certainly reminded me of Alexander, but also of Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli films, and a little bit of The Nightingale (the only Hans Christian Anderson story I can tolerate).
But I did more than tolerate this: I l...
January 07, 2017
Here it comes, my next little offering, for the young and the young at heart. I wrote this as a love letter to Lloyd Alexander. The idea emerged in a writing workshop conducted with elementary school students in Ashland, Massachusetts. I hope that you and they enjoy it. This middle grade adventur...
October 28, 2017
I picked this up thinking it was a graphic novel, which it wasn’t (but do you blame me? That cover screams graphic novel) but wow I am glad I did, because this was fun and absurd and hilarious. Did you watch Mulan and wish the ancestor spirits had a bigger role? Wish there were more Prince and th...
July 11, 2017
While this book and I had a shaky start, it wound up being entertaining in the way fairytales are entertaining to me. It's out of this world over the top magical whimsical and fun to read, though it takes a little time to really get going.
September 10, 2017
The Emperor's Ostrich, by Julie Berry, is a whimsical adventure with humor and quirky, lovable characters. While its intended audience is middle-grade readers, it will also appeal to younger readers as well as adults who are young-at-heart. Set in the Empire of Camillion, it is a fun romp through...
July 27, 2017
Thanks to the #kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book - all opinions are my own.
This was an engaging, well-paced story that I really enjoyed. It starts off in the palace, where we meet the emperor's cupbearer's young second assistant, who is there to bring the emperor milk. The...
July 28, 2017
Much more "younger middle-grade" than Berry's usual - this is sweet and funny, if perhaps lacking some of her usual wit and richness. But still very enjoyable, and great for younger readers, or as a read-aloud!
July 11, 2017
A gentle adventure with lots of droll humor as the ostrich falls in love with the cow, the immortal ancestors squabble, the emperor is a whiny brat, and poor besieged practical Begonia has to put up with a boy insistent on rescuing her.
October 16, 2017