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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
One Mad Rooster is an adventure story for children penned by author Paul Bird. Life is full of stories, many of which are frequently shared with friends and loved ones alike, each engaging yarn improving substantially with each new telling. Growing up is an adventure in itself, and no matter where you grew up, there are unique tales that only you could have experienced. For one child growing up in Australia, there was nothing ordinary about his adventures even though he considered himself just a typical child. There was the killer snake in the backyard that his mother whacked into many pieces with a garden spade, all to protect her young ones who were frolicking in the yard, oblivious to the danger that slithered through the grass at their feet. The tall tower above the diving pool offered both a challenge and a threat: a fear to be overcome and safely endure. There were the classic bullies (we all have them), and then the bully was a mean old rooster - all in an ordinary day of this child.
Paul Bird’s One Mad Rooster is a collection of snapshots of his childhood. Told with care, precision, and the knowing art of a seasoned storyteller, this collection will warm the heart of all who read it and open doors to more stories about childhood romps. The stories are all told in the first-person narrative, complete with a beautifully orchestrated descriptive narrative that sets the stage for the reader to feel included in the story. There is plenty of dialogue, all succinctly presented to add greater depth and a personal touch to the story itself. As the author presents each memory, he allows the reader to grasp the challenge, the adventure, the fear, and the courage that intertwined to make this childhood memory so special, so unique. One Mad Rooster is a beautiful collection of memoirs and a real treasure.