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Hello, Mr. Dodo!

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Martha is absolutely cuckoo for birds! She's identified every single bird in the woods behind her house. But one day she sees a bird unlike any other... Can that really be a dodo? It turns out that dodos make very good friends (and are crazy about doughnuts!). But when Martha's secret gets out and the whole town wants to see her new friend, will Martha have to say good-bye ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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I've read this book so many times and just love Martha's love for birds and her will to protect Mr. Dodo from becoming re-extinct! The illustrations are brilliant and feel kind of like a vintage, mid-century storybook!

I picked this for a special bird-themed storytime next week!
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This book was cute. I enjoyed the art style. It had a unique and fun story.

Also, shame on the mailman that believed a little girl enough to call the press about a dodo.
Brenda Kahn
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fun book from this author. I love the retro-art. It's also fun to have a young birder as a mc in a picture book. Humorous and appealing.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Did you know dodos went extinct because people had hunted them and eaten them for dinner? That they're terrible at playing snap? That they love donuts?
Although we all know that there are no longer any dodos on our planet, what if one was out there in the wild somewhere, and one of us spotted it? How hard would it be to keep the existence of this rare bird a secret? Well, bird-loving Martha finds out. During one of her bird-spotting expeditions, she comes upon a bird that she's never seen before. She knows the types of birds that she ordinarily sees on her adventures, but this one is something quite different. After doing some research, she rea ...more
Hannah Kay
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Hello, Mr. Doodle is about this little girl named Martha who finds a Dodo bird! She is so excited when she meets him, and she wants to know everything about him! So, she does all of her research and she learns that he is an extinct bird. She doesn't want to risk losing him, so she doesn't tell anyone about him. One day, she accidentally tells the postman that she has a Dodo bird. Immediately she hides the bird before flocks of people come to her house asking about the bird. The bird is gone, so ...more
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This brightly colored, imaginative story is perfect for storytime read alouds. The illustrations are whimsical and are reminiscent of the styles of the 1960's. Children will enjoy Martha and her passion for bird watching. Listeners can even look for extra birds in the story - especially in Martha's room. While a bird list is included at the end, the fact that they are in the same illustrations of the story makes them a bit difficult to identify. On the other hand, it might encourage readers and ...more
Jul 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was really cute. It’s about a girl who finds dodo bird and makes it her best friend. But one day, her secret slips out and the entire town comes to see the extinct bird. She will have to be quick thinking to fool this crowd. The illustrations are old school. They remind me of children’s books from the 60’s with their lines, and the colors. It’s wonderful to see an artist aping the classics in modern stories.
Juliana Lee
Martha found a dodo living in the woods behind her house. She kept him a secret so no one would come and hurt him. But one day her secret slipped out and Martha had to pretend that the dodo was imaginary so the news media and the zookeepers would leave her alone. When she finally went back into the woods to visit her dodo, she found out he had been keeping a secret too... there was a Mrs. Dodo and an egg!
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, children
Martha is crazy about birds and goes looking for them all the time. One day she gets a surprise as she comes across a bird she doesn't know. After researching it, she discovers it is a dodo and they become good friends. She keeps him a secret though as they're supposed to be extinct but one day she mentions him and soon everyone knows about him. She comes up with a plan and pretends he was an imaginary friend and everyone is (thankfully) fooled.
I loved the 70s type illustrations - brilliant!
Martha loves birds, os one day when she meets and makes friends with a Dodo, a species supposed to be extinct, in the woods behind her house, she resolves to keep him a secret to keep him safe - but sometimes it is hard to keep a big secret.

This is an adorable story with vibrant, colorful illustrations.
Jennifer Dell
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
this is a fictional story about a little girl and her imaginary donut eating dodo bird. While it does touch on that the dodo is extinct there is very little information about the dodo in the story. We enjoyed the cute story about the little girl and the dodo but would caution anyone looking for dodo facts to try another book.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Retro illustrations (neon orange, yellow, teal). Girl finds a dodo but learns they're extinct so tries to keep him a secret so he'll be safe. She accidentally tells the postman and he tells others who all show up at her house. She shows them her INVISIBLE/IMAGINARY dodo so the crowds will lose interest and leave. She searches for the dodo and finds him...with a female dodo...and egg :)
Kathryn Bergeron
Summary: Martha loves birds, and one day she finds a dodo bird! What will she do to protect her friend when everyone finds out.

Why I Read This: Recommended by Rebecca

Review: This book was fine. I wouldn't hate reading it again, but I probably won't ever seek it out.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a colorful book with wonderful illustrations!
Jinx Morgan
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great tone of voice from a smart little girl named Martha. Artwork made me feel nostalgic about my childhood books.
Some great bold colors in the the illustrations and some good characters, connections to extinction in science classes
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Extinct species wish fulfillment comedy.
Helaina Storie
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Can learn about birds and extinction.
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Could do with a few more people of color in the cast, but otherwise a sweet and good read. Good pairing with non-fic books or videos about dodos.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful book, with old-school illustrations that brought back a lot of fond memories. Entertaining and charming.
Ann Santori
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awesome '60s-style illustrations and color palette and just a fun, tight narrative with a bit of tension that is quickly resolved in a cute way.
Simple. Nothing amazing, but cute. I really liked the pictures. And Martha had a clever solution. Worth trying in storytime.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Bright illustrations reminiscent of Pizzoli
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love the retro illustrations and DONUTS!!! Made me smile!
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cute story, bright, nice pictures. Like the bird guide in the back.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this one!
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like this book: a person for looks for a dodo, and when it disappears, he found it somewhere. But I don't know where because we read this only one time.
Dec 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the illustration style which was similar to Ferdinand. I thought the story was ok, nothing earth shattering. This is an enjoyable read.
Seema Rao
Mid-century style illustrations about a girl who finds a dodo and tries to protect the bird from the media.
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