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When eccentric Professor Dupont tries to track down his troupe of brightly-coloured cockatoos, they're always just one step ahead of him. This counting book won the 1992 Smarties Children's Choice more

Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 208 x 272 x 10mm | 181.44g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1
  • 0099964902
  • 9780099964902
  • 28,075

Review quote

"For pure fun, read again - and again - Quentin Blake's masterly Cockatoos" -- Gwynneth Bailey TES "A wonderfully enjoyable story" Daily Mail "Must be the funniest and subtles counting book, so funny you can't count anyway. Irresistibly daft, devastatingly droll" Guardian "There has never been, and probably never will be, a counting book as funny and delightful as this" Books for your Childrenshow more

About Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children's Laureate. In the 2013 New Year's Honours List he was knighted for services to more

Review Text

Weary of hearing the same greeting day after day - "Good morning, my fine feathered friends!" - Professor Dupont's ten cockatoos fly the coop. He searches every room of his elaborate, old house without spotting them - but readers will, for they're all there, slightly concealed. Blake's illustrations are, as ever, funny and filled with lively detail; but while this doubles as a counting book, it's as airy and weightless as a feather. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

Back cover copy

Smarties Book Prize Winner. Quentin Blake was appointed the First Children's Laureate in more

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157 ratings
4.21 out of 5 stars
5 42% (66)
4 39% (62)
3 17% (26)
2 1% (2)
1 1% (1)
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