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karen’s review of There Is a Bird on Your Head! (Elephant & Piggie, #4)
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Dec 14, 2008 04:49PM
How can birds be "arrogant"? They don't have the brains for that. They operate mostly on biologically determined instinct. They have none of the brain structures which allow thinking about oneself much less thinking about others. If you want arrogance, how about humans who feel they have the right to cause pain to sensate creatures just because they can.
Dec 14, 2008 05:30PM
Yeah, Karen. Quit inflicting pain on birds! They read your review and now their feelings are hurt!!!
Dec 14, 2008 05:45PM
If you want arrogance, how about humans who feel they have the right to cause pain to sensate creatures just because they can.
That's very true, but
There's a Human on Your Head
just is not a catchy title. So you can see the bind Willems was in. Overall, I think he made the right choice, if not the biologically correct one, at least the aesthetically correct one.
Dec 14, 2008 05:47PM
That's what the birds want you to think, maybe they think more about others than themselves, but those thoughts are sadistic and violent thoughts about how to wreck havoc and kill and/or maim anything that gets in their path.
Dec 14, 2008 08:24PM
My students love this book, by the way. They LOVE it when he screams. I mean, I kinda play that part up, but they totally giggle.
Dec 14, 2008 10:35PM
wow. i didnt realize this would spin out of control so quickly. birds will kill you in your sleep given the chance. birds are behind most of the major "natural" disasters of the last hundred years or so. birds hate your mom. end of story.
Dec 16, 2008 07:18AM
Greg wrote: "That's what the birds want you to think, maybe they think more about others than themselves, but those thoughts are sadistic and violent thoughts about how to wreck havoc and kill and/or maim anyth..."
Dave wrote: "If you want arrogance, how about humans who feel they have the right to cause pain to sensate creatures just because they can.
That's very true, but There's a Human on Your Head just is not a catc..."
I wasn't commenting on the choice or art of the book itself, but on Karen's attributing human behavior on birds apart from their artistic representation. I always loved Peter Rabbit, although I know he wouldn't drink camomile tea and Mother Rabbit wouldn't be caring for him as she did. Using animals as avatars is fine, but actually believing they operate as humans do is not and leads to much cruelty towards animals.
Feb 02, 2011 05:09PM
That bird is going to take an enormous dump on that head. That's my experience.
Feb 02, 2011 05:10PM
ha!! i wish that was the ending...
fair warning after all..
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