November/December 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“We are birds — we do not give up! is a slogan that needs to go on a t-shirt. This is the kind of funny, empowering message I want out of my picture book literature. Unflappable is as charming as it gets. Highly recommend!”
— Rebecca Waesch, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Cincinnati, OH
A witty and uplifting story about perseverance and hope, perfect for fans of The Magical Yet, starring three endearing flightless birds determined to get aloft.
Three flightless friends long to feel the wind beneath their wings. So, they try, and try, and try to fly. But all they do is fall, fall, fall. Flying, it turns out, is hard.
Will they give up—or get up? Celebrating resiliency, persistence, and the power of “yet,” easy-to-read text and distinctive artwork by award-winning and bestselling illustrator Scott Magoon encourage and inspire readers young and old who aspire to learn a new skill or to make a dream come true.
About the Author
Matthew Ward is the author of the middle grade novels The Fantastic Family Whipple and War of the World Records. He lives in San Diego with his wife and three sons. Unflappable is his first picture book.
Scott Magoon is an art director who has written and illustrated several acclaimed picture books, such as the bestselling, Schneider Family Book Award winner Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship, the Spoon series by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and his own Linus the Little Yellow Pencil and The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot! He lives in Massachusetts.
"Young readers will cheer for this very simply told tale about perseverance, the steadfast pursuit of dreams, and having an unflagging belief in oneself. These are characters kids will want to emulate as theyattempt to spread their own independent wings or try to conquer hurdles they didn’t believe they could. This high-flying charmer rises to the top.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Delightful. At the core, this is a book about the power of “yet.” These characters truly are unflappable, showing the importance of action in chasing a dream. In their quest, the birds experiment and endure with immediate and inspiring optimism.” — School Library Journal