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By: Christopher Hammonds

Dodgson’s Dodo

Pages: 190 Ratings: 5.0
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This is the story of six characters, all birds. What begins as a quirky woodland tale evolves into a challenge to the mismanagement of the environment by humans, and their abuse of power over all other species. There’s banter between the birds, information about the natural world, there’s serious debate and there’s satire. It’s fun and it’s thought-provoking.

The title refers to the fact that Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) immortalised the otherwise extinct dodo in ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. The dodo was yesterday’s bird, but what will be the fate of tomorrow’s birds, of tomorrow’s humans and of our fragile, suffering planet?

The hero of ‘Dodgson’s Dodo’ is a feisty rook, Rachel, who plays a smart role in this fascinating, imaginative and beautifully realised story. All the birds are real characters, and everyone reading it will be both entertained and better informed. It’s witty and memorable, but above all it’s topical and relevant. Its message is urgent.

“It should be prescribed reading for high school Biology students.”    Anne Kendall - retired high school science teacher.

Chris Hammonds was born in Wolverhampton, in 1943, studied Spanish and Portuguese at Bristol University, and Linguistics at the University of Leeds. He worked as an academic in Sweden, Slovenia, Romania and Norway. He has lectured in China, Croatia, Spain and Thailand, and worked as a radio producer and broadcaster at the BBC World Service. His book: ‘English Pronunciation OK!’ has been translated into a number of languages.

Chris has run several marathons, and in 2006 he competed in the Ironman World Championships in Florida. He regularly plays tennis, badminton, table tennis and chess. He has three children and eight grandchildren.

Customer Reviews
5 reviews
5 reviews
  • Alex

    Delightful read. Alternative and thought-provoking. Recommend to anyone with an interest in environmental issues, nature, politics or the big wide world. Easy to pick up, hard to put down.

  • Lynne Hughes

    Here is a story, told with charm, and with an important lesson for a wide readership, subtly taught.

    The plot centres around four friends, Owl, Rook, Blackbird and Kingfisher, their individual habits and habitats, and gradually evolves in scope and distance as their quest moves from rural woodland to city. The main theme is how our planet's ecology is in urgent need of support if all its species are to survive. But lessons in anthropology, biology, history, politics and, of course, linguistics are present throughout the book. Every paragraph which contains such information also provides explanations with gentle humour.

    There is something here for everyone, young and old, to learn from and enjoy. A timely publication.

  • Jill Hughes

    Dodgson's Dodo deals with an important topic in a novel and effective way.
    The characterisation of the birds is excellent throughout, and you really want them to achieve their goal.
    The book is also very informative, providing interesting and well-researched nuggets of information.
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to people of all ages.

  • Anne Booth

    This is a rather charming book. Rook, blackbird, kingfisher and owl spread their wings in an attempt to spread their message way beyond their usual habitat.The main characters are all beautifully drawn and the narrative is well-paced. A gentle sense of humour underpins the writing and there is much to be learnt from the many informative sections of the book. Mr Hammonds writes from the heart with a message that is clear and timely. This is a book that will engage and delight readers of all ages.

  • Dinah Monnickendam

    It transports us to a delightful parallel universe seen through the eyes of the bird population. Funny and thought-provoking.

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