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Eep! by Joke van Leeuwen
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Eep! (1996)

by Joke van Leeuwen

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Warren is a birdwatcher. One day he found something in the bushes. It was a bird! Sort of... it had wings like a bird. But had feet like a person. It didn't look like an angel because it didn't have arms like an angel was supposed to have. He looked around, yelled if it was anyone's, yelled that he was taking it, and the proceeded to do just that. And left. He's wife Tina and him took to their "Beedy" who could actually talk. But what Beedy really wanted to do was be free. So goes the tale of Warren, Tina, a girl named Lottie, and a rescuer trying to see Beady again to say goodbye.

This was such a crazy good book. Just pure fun. I have no idea why but it reminded me of a book Roald Dahl would write. It was that good. Beedy was able to change every life she encountered without knowing it. She was just a bird/girl who wanted peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and to fly. What more could you want in life? Warren and Tina became her parents and they loved her so much and wanted to protect her. I had mixed feelings with Lottie on account of she kind of forcibly made her into her friend. Well her and Warren and Tina kind of also did but not as much as Lottie. They did it without knowing really what they were getting themselves into. I mean who would have thought they would be meeting someone like Beedy? Poor rescuer. The whole thing kind of ruined his life and he needed closure.

This book was just silly and sweet and wonderful. It was cute and funny and just fantastic. I loved every minute of it. I loved the illustrations as well. They were a perfect mix to the story. Very entertaining seeing them with how the story was playing out. I'm so happy I was able to read this lovely little adventure book.

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  AdrianaGarcia | Jul 10, 2018 |
“You can do a lot with wings,” said Warren soothingly. “There are always things to be done up high. Delivering airmail letters, for instance. Keeping an eye on things.”

Eep is the sound a bird-girl makes. Specifically, a girl named Beedy, a girl with wings instead of arms that Warren, a bird watcher, finds under a bush one day.

“This was a bird in the shape of a little girl. Or a little girl in the shape of a bird. Or something in between.”

He takes her home, and with his wife Tina feeds her, clothes her, teaches her how to drink soup using a spoon (between her toes, not quite suitable for dining out). Beedy loves peanut butter. Or as she calls it, “peeneet beettee” (she can’t quite pronounce ‘u’).

While Beedy may look like a girl (if you hide her arms in a cape like they do) her true nature is to fly, to be outdoors and in the sky, and to feed on insects (and the occasional peanut butter sandwich) and so she takes off, and Tina and Warren go off in search of her, meeting new and interesting people along the way.

A fun quirky little book with quite darling illustrations. Writer and illustrator Joke van Leeuwen has also written other interesting-sounding children’s books. ( )
  RealLifeReading | Jan 19, 2016 |
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Warre hield van vogels.
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Ze zal bijvoorbeeld nooit piano kunnen spelen, en dat zouden wij wel kunnen als we het konden.
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One day Warren sees something strange lying under a bush. He doesn’t know whether it is a bird in the form of a girl, or a girl in the form of a bird. He takes the creature home. His wife Tina wants to keep it and raise it as her own child. But it has wings…
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When Warren finds a bird-girl under a bush, he brings her home to his wife, Tina, and they try to raise her, but she has a habit of flying off, and she meets others in her travels, including motherless Lottie.

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