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Cockatoos [Hardcover]

Quentin Blake
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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30 April 1992
Professor Dupont is charming, dotty and intelligent, but perhaps not clever enough to handle his troupe of noisy cockatoos when they decide to play a very adventurous kind of hide and seek. As the Professor searches his house for the missing birds, the young reader is invited to play the game.


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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (30 April 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224031155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224031158
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.6 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,279,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Professor Dupont is a creature of habit. Every morning he follows the same routine, culminating in his daily greeting to his ten cockatoos. One day, the cockatoos decide to have some fun and escape from the conservatory. When Professor Dupont comes down in the morning he finds they are all missing.

Readers will delight in Professor Dupont's search for his missing cockatoos, especially as he can't see them while it's clear to the reader exactly where they are all hiding. Quentin Blake's characteristically brilliant illustrations make this a counting book with a difference which will delight audiences of all ages.--Philippa Reece --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"For pure fun, read again - and again - Quentin Blake's masterly Cockatoos" (Gwynneth Bailey TES)

"A wonderfully enjoyable story" (Daily Mail)

"Must be the funniest and subtles counting book, so funny you can't count anyway. Irresistibly daft, devastatingly droll" (Guardian)

"There has never been, and probably never will be, a counting book as funny and delightful as this" (Books for your Children) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful book for all ages! 18 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect book for pre-school children 14 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is currently the favourite of my 2 and 4 year old sons. It is one of the few books they can both enjoy at the same time. The story of the cockatoos, exasperated by their owner, and Quentin Blake's exceptional illustrations turn what might otherwise be perceived as yet another counting book into one in which they are interested and involved.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book ever! 19 Jun 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
Yr 3 Girl
Presser Dupont is funny and fantastic. He all ways dos the same thing over and over again. He winds up the cockatoos up. This book is suitable for kids and adults. Quentin Blake is a fantastic author. He writes funny books. He has his own stile about his drawing. If you see a books pitcher you well know that it is a Quentin Blake book. It is the best book ever. Everyone wad love to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cockatoos 25 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
My class at Northfield Manor enjoyed this book because we thought it was funny and it will help young children to count.
Professor Dupont looked every where in his house but he couldn't find them. Eventually we find out that the Cockotoos had broken the window in the conservatory to escape Professor Duponts routine. Can you find all the Cockatoos as you read the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC 26 Nov 2008
Format:Paperback
My 2 (nearly 3) year old daughter and I read this twice every night - once each to each other (I read it, she has nearly memorised it, but her version varies slightly each time). We LOVE it. It is never a chore to read this book, she counts the "totatoos" on each page. The illustrations are excellent and humorous, giving lots of things to chat about as we go.
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4.0 out of 5 stars By Mollie & Bethany- Y3 26 April 2009
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
This book is excellent. This book is marvellous because there is only a small amount of text to read and it is fun because you can look for the cockatoos on each page.
This book tells you about Professor Dupont and his cockatoos. When he can't find his cockatoo is the funniest bit.
This brilliant book is suitable for children and adults.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review by Oscar 6 July 2008
Format:Paperback
The synopsis
The story is about a professor who has 10 cockatoos and the professor does the some thing every morning. Then the cockatoos...

MY review
I like this book because it is fantastic and mischievous. The cockatoos are cheeky and I recommend this book to 7-11 year olds
I give this book 7 out of 10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cockatoos review by Crofton Year 3/4 2 May 2013
Format:Paperback
This has to be one of Quentin Blake's best stories ever because Professor Dupont, the main character, is very lazy and can't find his exotic and mischievous cockatoos. You will be delighted with the way the story unfolds between him and his exquisitely naughty birds through outstanding illustrations!
This is a definite hit for young children and some adults! You will find yourself being drawn into the story, smiling and laughing along the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for younger kids
It's a covert little counting book with a lovely little story. We love the hide and seek on each page. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Mrs M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
one of the best Quentin Blake solo works. I love the disparity between text and image that'll have your little one's yelling at the hapless chap searching for his hiding birds!
Published 4 months ago by Callyg
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
I use this story to help my 4 year with maths/number-line. We counted the birds and pointed to the number on the number line. Lovely story ;)
Published 4 months ago by Louise loud
5.0 out of 5 stars Quentin Blake's always a winner
Fabulous book and it matches some curtains I've made for my grandson! Quentin Blake's illustrations never fail to delight adults and children alike.
Published 16 months ago by Ms. L. M. Arend
5.0 out of 5 stars Kayci Hamill
Behind this story will perfesor find his birds
And what happens in the end

This book is subtle for 1+
Published 16 months ago by Kayci
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book, fabulous illustrations
Great book; fabulous pictures all the children enjoy it as a story and as a book to read. Revisited constantly.
Published 20 months ago by mrs P E Bugler
5.0 out of 5 stars fun for adults and children
I have been a Quentin Blake fan for as long as I remember and read his books to my children when they were growing up, enchanted by his playful humour and his wonderful colourful... Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by Mrs. N. G. Chesterman
5.0 out of 5 stars Cockatoos
This story is about ten cockatoos and a professor.But the cockatoos go missing.He looks everywere and although he can't see them you can spot the cockatoos in each room. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2011 by 3V
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
I like it because my teacher read it to the whole class and it was funny. It made us laugh because it is hilarious and it has been beautiful illustrated.Buy it!!!
Published on 20 May 2011 by Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars Cockatoos
This is a story about a silly man and his cockatoos. I like this book because it has wonderful pictures. This is a brillant book. Any one can read this book. Read more
Published on 6 July 2009
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