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Children's Book of the Month

A reason to read...

A celebration of a small bird doing big things!

The Pirate Blackbird - Uwe Timm

Join an incredible mynah bird on an adventure as he makes his way in the big city.

When a little mynah bird is stolen from the jungle, he uses his amazing gift of mimicry to fool everyone in his path.

This funny and charming book by Uwe Timm features fabulous illustrations by Axel Scheffler.



Meet the Author and Illustrator

Uwe Timm

Uwe Timm was born in 1940 in Hamburg and got his love of storytelling from his sailor grandfather. Uwe is one of the most successful contemporary writers for adults and children in Germany. Uwe Timm has received numerous awards and prizes, including the Grand Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts and the Literature Prize of the City of Munich. He lives in Munich and Berlin.

Axel Scheffler

Axel Scheffler is one of the UK’s leading illustrators, best known for books such as The Gruffalo, Stick Man and Superworm. Many books illustrated by Axel have been made into animated films premiering on BBC One on Christmas Day. The Smeds and the Smoos will be on TV for Christmas 2022. Axel was the inaugural Illustrator of the Year at the British Book Awards and his artwork is exhibited internationally. Born in Hamburg, Axel lives in London.

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