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Publisher's Summary

Harry Holdsworth had never heard of his Great-Uncle George until he inherited the old man’s most cherished possession: an African Grey parrot named Madison. Harry’s first reaction was one of dismay. Who wants a big pet bird – one that could live for another 40 years?

But when Mad introduces himself in perfect American, Harry discovers he has found a friend – and more. For Mad is an ace at board games and crosswords, a fund of useful information, and even Harry’s homework improves under Mad’s tuition. Soon, the whole family are wondering what they ever did without him. Unfortunately, they are soon to be reminded!

©1984 Dick King-Smith (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

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"A believable, satisfying animal fantasy, with memorable characterisations and playful humour ... a sprightly read-aloud." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Harry's Mad, as wonderful as I remembered

I read this book when I was about Harry's age. I remember enjoying it immensely. Nearly thirty years later, it has absolutely held its charm. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages..

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Dick King-Smith never disappoints

An exciting and sweet story that had the seven year old on the edge of her seat!

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Imagine inheriting a parrot!

Would you consider the audio edition of Harry's Mad to be better than the print version?

A very cute story with lots of excitement over the parrot, named Mad. I have really enjoyed the many books from Dick King-Smith and this one is no exception. Plan to snort and snicker while listening. Very silly!

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  • 11-12-21

Very funny 🦜

Hazel, aged 7, says "This is very funny, great for listening to in the bath! Madison the parrot made me laugh!"

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-31-21

I love it i give it 5 stars

I Like it because it has so much action in it I think it is great 👍
I ❤️it

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  • Amy
  • 08-13-21

Dick King Smith rocks!!!

this is one of my favourite stories...i coukd listen to it agsin and agsin even after 5 years of listening to it with the three kids. Nigel Lambert is a fantastic narrator on this and on my other favourite Fox Busters, also by DKS . Being a good narrator is such a gift not everyone has!!