This has to be one of Quentin Blake's best stories yet. Professor Dupont is ridiculously set in his ways. Every morning he goes through exactly the same routine, washing, getting dressed, putting on his tie, going downstairs and finally, throwing open the conservatory doors and exlaiming to his 10 parrots "Good morning, my fine feathered friends!" The parrots are beside themselves with the boredom of this routine and one morning decide to disappear for a little while. Your job is to turn the pages and find the parrots, which of course Professor Dupont can't find himself, so children love feeling cleverer than him. Eventually, of course, he finds them all back where they started, but in spite of this, as Mr Blake puts it, "Some people never learn."
Exquisitely illustrated, I can't rate Quentin Blake highly enough, and any child (or adult) reading it will adore it. And if you love this, try another Quentin Blake book called "Patrick" about two children, an old violin, lots of sparkly, magical happenings. You won't be disappointed.