Odd Bird Out

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Robert is different from all other ravens. He is a happy bird. But when he laughs and tells jokes, the other birds don’t like it at all. Nor do they like his colorful clothes and they hold their ears when he tries to sing. Unhappy, Robert is forced to leave home. Far away, he sings and dances and tells his terrible jokes, and eventually he finds friends who enjoy him as he is, and even join in. Back home, the black birds discover to their surprise that the world feels a bit empty without Robert. But every now and again, a bird from another place comes to visit, telling stories and terrible jokes, and the black ravens gather and listen.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction, Picture Books
Publisher Gecko Press
Imprint Gecko Press
Language English
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Guided Reading Level P
ATOS Reading Level 2.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 147309
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


School Library Journal

“The conversational text is paired with paintings that perfectly capture the raven’s nature. Who knew birds could have so many facial expressions and disapproving postures? In his wildly colored outfits and high-heeled shoes, Robert shines amid the status quo, whether he is dancing with a squirrel or telling juvenile jokes in a swimsuit, flippers, goggles, and snorkel.” —School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly

“It’s an unexpected way to argue for accepting people as they are, but Bobby’s decision is his own, and Bansch’s sympathies are clear.” —Publishers Weekly

Author, Illustrator: Helga Bansch

Helga Bansch was born in Leoben, Austria in 1957. After graduating from the teachers training college in Graz, she moved to the south of Austria to work as a teacher in a primary school until 2003. From 1985 to 1990 she made marionettes for puppet theaters. Since 2003 Helga Bansch has lived in Vienna, working as an artist and running workshops with children.