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Reviewed by Amy Raines for Readers' Favorite
Have You Ever Seen An Ostrich? written By Bo Harris and illustrated By Ruth Dumitru is an entertaining children’s story about an ostrich working in a library. Is the ostrich a good librarian? How would he do the things librarians need to do like check books in and out, reach dusty books on a high shelf or answer very important questions? The ostrich can do all of these things, just read this book and see. He helps kids understand the stamps on a book and the importance of being quiet. This ostrich knows exactly what to do.
I love everything about Have You Ever Seen An Ostrich? written by Bo Harris. The plot is easy for even little kids to follow and understand as they read and learn how much fun a library can be, especially with an ostrich as the librarian. I love how the characters come alive through the fun poetry style verses on each page. The beautiful illustrations by Ruth Dumitru are bright and lively as they tell the story just as effectively as Harris’s story does. I love how easy it is for kids to follow along with the pictures while someone reads the story for them and how the words are easy enough for early readers to enjoy on their own. I recommend Have You Ever Seen An Ostrich? to anyone who has children. They will surely be captivated by an ostrich as a librarian and learn how a library works at the same time. I especially love the diagrams at the end of the book that allow kids to draw and color ‘Dewey The Ostrich’ for themselves.