The Great Yellow Doom Bird

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
No one in drowsy East Palmetto Grove expects the arrival of one freckle-faced orphan to generate much excitement. There's a war going on, after all.

But Patrick Digby is no ordinary boy and that rubber duck he clutches....well, the rubber duck isn't at ALL what it seems... More

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Words: 119,290
Language: English
ISBN: 9781458159281
About Jon A. Hunt

"The Great Yellow Doom Bird" is Mr. Hunt's third book, and the first he's gotten up the nerve to cast before the general public. He is an ardent fan of the outdoors, photography, old books, Labrador Retrievers, fast cars, travel, theater, coffee, classical guitar and the blues, not necessarily in that order. When he isn't scribbling on a new manuscript or fiddling with camera equipment, Mr. Hunt is either working at his day job or spending time with his lovely wife and exuberant canines. The Hunts are happily ensconced in the woods of Vermont.

Reviews

Review by: killie81 on Nov. 30, 2012 :
“The Great Yellow Doom Bird” by Jon A. Hunt is a rather manic novel that blends science fiction, surreal fantasy, humour into an enjoyable and entertaining story. The story itself is set during the later years of World War II and follows the escapades of Patrick Digby, a young boy who lives in sleepy Florida retirement town with his great uncle. His rather subdued life is thrown upside down when a 7-foot tall, orange haired character called Stultus arrived on a flying sailboat. Stultus takes Patrick on an adventure where he encounters friendly sea monsters, terrible pirates, Eskimos, floating islands and many other strange and wonderful things, including the fabled Great Yellow Doom Bird.

The story is superbly imaginative with Hunt’s rather quirky writing style really adding to surreal and amusing elements. There is no doubt that this rather madcap adventure will appeal to children but I do think some of the finer detail of the plot could be lost on them. In addition its length may be off putting for some but I could still imagine reading it slowly over several weeks with both myself and children enjoying its entertaining charms.

I found the characters to be wonderful, Patrick in particular was charming, polite and I loved seeing his subtle confusion at times as he tried to make sense of what he was seeing. Stultus however does steal the show as his eccentric look is matched by an even more eccentric personality that just jumps off the page; he quite simply had my smiling throughout the novel. The minor characters are also diverse, interesting and detailed to ensure that I was happy no matter who the story was following at the time, be it Patrick’s slightly eccentric elderly neighbours or the cruel and vicious pirates.

Overall, this was a fantastic novel that should appeal to people of all ages with its surreal adventures and colourful characters. The book really did remind of some other eccentric children’s stories such as Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Lemony Snicket so if those types of books amused you then I think you will love this one. Personally, I can only hope that Hunt is planning to create a sequel as there are some open ended elements to this novel that I would love to see resolved in addition to just following the Stultus’ future adventures.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: wistfulskimmie on Nov. 15, 2011 :
This is the story of a young boy. His father went off to sea and never came back so he goes to the beach every night with his uncle to see if he has come home. One evening he takes his neighbours dog for a walk and meets an odd gentleman up a tree. He is 7 feet tall and has eyes that are different colours, that also change with his mood. Thus begins an adventure that involves pirates, spy catchers, Eddies (whirlpools), Great Chiefs, volcanoes, enormous sea monsters and of course the Great Doom Bird of the title. I shan't say any more for fear of spoiling it.

I so enjoyed this. It put me in mind of Lemony Snicket (but better if I do dare to say!). Stultus (the odd guy) reminds me of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter. He is this larger than life (literally!) chap with a personality that just jumps off the page at you. Patrick starts off as a quiet shy little boy who becomes a confident young man. Their quest to save the Doom Birds is an admirable (if fraught) one and anyone interested in conservation will appreciate it.

I recommend this for people of all ages. It is simply a lovely story, with enough action to keep everyone interested.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jan Brown on Oct. 08, 2011 :
This story starts out like a retired people's Florida town during World WarII with one little boy living with his Uncle who was the darling among the old folks. Then the story builds into this amazing imaginative and colorful adventure on a ship that floats and sails up in the air with Stultus Atticus at its helm. There is so much happening you have to pay attention and not skim through to understand the situations. Made me think of stories like Willy Wonka and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus where the imagination and story is just amazing. Be prepared to spend some time reading this one as its a long one, I could almost see it being turned into a movie its so imaginative and colorful for an adventure.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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