Clive the Clever Crow

Children - Animals
24 Pages
Reviewed on 03/13/2015
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Author Biography

Born in Melbourne, Australia in 1961, Sandra Novello graduated from the teaching College at Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1982.
In the same year, she worked as an Artist in Residence at Scotch College Junior School in Hawthorn, Victoria.
From 1983, Sandra began teaching at Marcellin College in Bulleen, Victoria.
After her fourth child was born she began working as a Casual Relief Teacher in several schools.
While teaching at Casey Grammar School (Victoria) in 2010, she was inspired to write her first book “Clive the Clever Crow” while teaching some of the younger students. After reading Clive's letter to the children and seeing the expression and delight on the children’s faces, she decided to continue writing more Children’s stories.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Clive the Clever Crow by Sandra Novello is a charming and adorable story for kids. Clive the crow lives near a school. Clive likes all the food that is left out for him to eat. He finds it delicious and yummy. He flies around to see if there are any open lunch boxes around when the school session is going on. And he is really happy that he does not have to dig for worms or search for ants anymore. Clive knows that even if they see him on trees and branches, they will never be able to catch him. As you read along each page, the reader needs to search and find out where Clive the crow is hiding.

The story is really cute and I loved Clive the crow. He will have to go digging for his worms again once the kids finish reading this story because it will remind them to close their lunch boxes. It an ideal book to introduce to kids when they start to read. Grandparents and parents will enjoy reading it out to their grandkids and kids. The book is good for read aloud sessions too in classrooms and children's libraries. The illustrations are beautifully done and they complement the story well. They breathe life into the characters and give pace and movement to the scenes. The letter written by Clive the crow is very clever. The story is simple and clear, making it easy for young readers to comprehend.