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Malcolm Gerloch

A story of kindness, fun and an unusual friendship, BIRD is not a book to miss. We follow Bird, a confident and cocky currawong who claims to know everything while his friend, Cat, is happy to let him believe so. The pair end up on several unlikely adventures together after Bird convinces Cat to jump the fence into next-door's garden and escape two overly-affectionate puppies. Between teaching Cat to fly and relaying stories about how he became the boss after a mob of cockatoos were shooed off by Cat's human friends, the pair always find time to share breakfast together.
A tale of understanding and empathy, BIRD is one that both children and adults will enjoy reading. And the mischief doesn't end with Bird - his children are learning how to be just like him! Can one garden cope with it all? Well, why don't you ask Bird? After all, he knows everything.

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Dr. Gerloch retired in 1999 from a career as academic and research scientist in the field of quantum chemistry in the University of Cambridge. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Trinity Hall. He and his wife, Gwyneth, have since lived in Canberra, Australia. During his first twenty years of blissful retired domesticity, Malcolm has enjoyed gardening, house renovation and above all, learning to cook in several cuisines. Gwyneth has relinquished the kitchen with mixed feelings. Prior to writing (mostly) children's books, Malcolm's greatest achievement has been the construction of a dual-manual harpsichord for his wife to play. That was a present to thank her for introducing him to the non-scientific literature of - mostly - the nineteenth and twentieth century European and twentieth century North American writers.