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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Charlie Sparrow and The Book of Flight is the second book in the Tales of Tree City series, written by D.F. Anderson and illustrated by Daniel McCloskey. When Charlie Sparrow learns that Mayor Peck is closed to the idea of a school of flight, allowing him to teach other birds to fly, Charlie decides to visit City Hall personally, only to be told that birds are not meant to fly. Charlie continues giving flying lessons, but is caught red-handed, barely escaping with his life. Through a chance meeting with Ernie Owl, Charlie learns the secret of a hidden book – The Book of Flight – and risks his life by venturing into The Valley of the Cats to retrieve it. Once he is there, Charlie discovers how deeply the corruption of City Hall has travelled.
I was unable to put down D.F. Anderson’s book once I had started reading it, and actually read it more than once before reviewing it. So many elements of Charlie Sparrow and the Book of Flight mirror real life in more ways than I can say. The incredible imagery created in my mind from this brilliantly written tale was breath-taking, and the well-drawn illustrations detailed each scene to perfection. Charlie Sparrow and The Book of Flight is about deceit, greed, corruption and more within the government, starting at the very top and working its way down. On one side, it shows the ugliness of how far the hierarchy will go to keep the masses downtrodden. On the other, it portrays the innocence of true friendship in the form of a young bird which had been lucky enough to escape the forced mutilation that keeps the other birds believing in the farce which is portrayed as truth.
I absolutely loved how determined Charlie Sparrow was to seek out the truth and show the corrupt and the deceitful for what they truly are, with no other intent than to free his friends, family and other innocents who have been trapped inside a web of lies. I highly recommend Charlie Sparrow and the Book of Flight to all readers aged 7-15, and plan on seeking out more in the Tales of Tree City series to add to my own book shelf of memorable works.