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Most people aren't very comfortable in the woods, but the woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten. There, she is safe from school and the taunts and teases of kids who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess, and her cat, Somber Kitty, is her brave guardian. Then May falls into the lake. When she crawls out, May finds herself iMost people aren't very comfortable in the woods, but the woods of Briery Swamp fit May Bird like a fuzzy mitten. There, she is safe from school and the taunts and teases of kids who don't understand her. Hidden in the trees, May is a warrior princess, and her cat, Somber Kitty, is her brave guardian. Then May falls into the lake. When she crawls out, May finds herself in a world that most certainly does not feel like a fuzzy mitten. In fact it is a place few living people have ever seen. Here, towns glow blue beneath zipping stars and the people -- people? -- walk through walls. Here the Book of the Dead holds the answers to everything in the universe. And here, if May is discovered, the horrifyingly evil Bo Cleevil will turn her into nothing. May Bird must get out. Fast. Within these pages, Jodi Lynn Anderson shares with us the beginning of May Bird's daring journey into the Ever After, a haunting place where true friends -- and one terrible foe -- await her on every corner....

Title : May Bird and the Ever After
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ISBN : 9781416906070
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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May Bird and the Ever After Reviews

  • Amanda
    2019-03-11 07:52

    May Bird and the Ever After, the first book in the Ever After trilogy, tells the tale of a 10-year-old girl named May, her kitty named Somber Cat and the horrifying adventures they have in Ever After, the world of the dead. This was a truly fantastic tale of adventure and friendship. I've read many children's books and May Bird and the Ever After is most definitely one of the most imaginative books I have read. The author created an entirely unique and amazing world, one that was both fascinating and terrifying. According to Amazon this book is meant for grades 5-8 and while reading this book I kept thinking, "there is no way a little 5th grader can read this and not get scared." The book is about ghosts and other surprisingly dark and eerie beings, so I can see a kid being creeped out by the story. However, that doesn't mean I don't think it's a great book for children. It does in fact tell a wonderful tale of self discovery, personal growth and true friendship. Will some of the darker moments give a few kids nightmares - possibly, but it's still an incredible book that ends on a somewhat positive note.I loved this book and fully plan on buying the rest in the series. It was imaginative, fast-paced and wonderfully eerie. It may not be a great book for all children, but I know that I would have loved this book when I was in 5th grade, but then 90% of the books I read back then were horror. It really depends on kid I suppose.

  • Caitlyn
    2019-03-19 03:52

    My favorite series as a child. I wasn't a little girl that fantasizes about ponies and rainbows, I enjoyed the dark stuff. This was perfectly dark enough for the age I was, and fulfilled my wishes of a dark, but beautiful other world. Plus, May was pretty relatable.

  • Kendra
    2019-03-19 00:44

    WARNING: POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEADMay Bird and the Ever After is one of the greatest books I've ever read. I'll try not to let my personal bias get in the way in this review, but I just want to say that this--and the rest of the trilogy--was one of the most inspirational and impactful books I've ever read in my entire life.May Bird is a 5th grade girl, and like most protagonists, is disliked by everyone at school. The only one she can really call her friend is her cat, Somber Kitty, who is--of course, a cat, so he can't really show much character. One day, after she falls into a lake, she starts to see ghosts (when I came to these parts, I could not sleep because I found it very creepy). One night, she gets fed up with the ghosts, and (almost) willingly throws herself into the lake. When she resurfaces, she finds herself in the land of the Dead: the Ever After. However, she isn't dead, she's alive! Later, she finds out that "Live Ones" as they're called, are being hunted by the leader of the land, Bo Cleevil for reasons that I will not explain. May Bird has to get out of the Ever After before she gets sucked into nothingness...The general idea of the book is not entirely original (going into the afterlife), as it has been used in many other books. And the idea that the protagonist has to kill the evil leader of the world who's threatening to kill everything is also unoriginal. However, it's the way that the author executes and combines these ideas that makes this book so enjoyable. There are rarely any moments when the plot is dragging on. There is almost always something that keeps the reader at bay, wanting to keep turning the pages until Mom says that it's time for bed. However, there were some parts where the author uses some humor that, while funny, seem out of place.The characters, however, weren't entirely likable. Like mentioned a few paragraphs ago, May is like lots of other book protagonists: is disliked, practically rejected by society, and isn't really interested in making new friends. However, she is very tomboyish, and has a great imagination, always playing in the woods and pretending to be a "Warrior Princess", and collects little rocks that to anyone else are just worthless rocks. So she is likable in some aspects. Not to mention how she undergoes some character development throughout the book. Ironically, the rest of the supporting characters are more likable than May, seeing as they actually have a set personality.Overall, I absolutely, positively love this book. I recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy, of all ages (discarding the fact that it's a children's book). As I mentioned before, this is one of my favorite books that I've read.

  • Ronda
    2019-03-19 06:33

    Meet 10-year-old May Bird, who lives with her mother and a hairless rex cat named Somber Kitty at the edge of a woods in a place called Briery Swamp. She spends much of her time with her cat in the woods, dreaming of being a warrior princess or in her room drawing pictures of strange creatures. She's not like the other kids in her class, who think she's just plain weird. May Bird's mother, concerned and coming to her wits' end with May's "strange" behavior, is talking about sending her away to a boarding school in New York. Even though May Bird has reason to be scared now that she's started seeing ghosts in the woods and in her home, she's more scared of leaving her beloved West Virginia woods. Things become stranger still when, in the ruins of an old post office, she finds a mysterious letter, postmarked from 50 years ago, but addressed to May Bird at her address. The letter leads her into a world that is even further away than New York where being different--being "a live one", might just be deadly for her--a world where the Bogeyman is real; where ghosts are afraid of "people like her." It is a complex story with many layers, some humorous (ghosts of thieves playing practical jokes on one another) and some frightening (ghosts having their souls sucked into nothingness by the evil Bo Cleevil). In this strange and frightening world, May learns that, just maybe, she isn't as alone as she thought she was, and she just might find that she's more of a warrior princess than she ever dreamt.Some sources list this story as being at a reading level of Ages 9 and up, others at Grades 5 and up. Because of the complexity and possible fright factor for some, I would tend to agree with the latter. That said, I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next as May Bird ventures through the land of the dead in an attempt to find answers, to find her way home, and to find herself. The series includes: * May Bird and the Ever After (Book 1) * May Bird Among the Stars (Book 2) * May Bird: Warrior Princess (Book 3)

  • Ryan
    2019-03-21 03:36

    Two stars looks like an awfully disappointed assessment, but take the rating for what it represents: "It was OK."After an Alice in Wonderland-ish tumble through a watery portal, May Bird finds herself in the Ever After, a macabre world populated by ghosts and specters (the former never lived, the latter did, or maybe vice-versa). While trying to discover a way home to her mother, May learns that the ghost world is suffering under the tyrannical fist of a particularly bad bogey whose edicts and monsters are slowly but surely oppressing the land.Boat, foot, and train travel by the recently departed evokes LucasArts' Grim Fandango, while the postmortem bureaucracy is reminiscent of Beetlejuice--not that the young adults at whom this book is aimed would know much of either.There are clever moments, yes, and some inspired ideas: Black water from the Dead Sea immediately transports whomever it touches to a sub-land of ghouls and demons, so rogues arm themselves with squirt guns and water balloons full of the stuff.But there is also some plot masked as frustrating dialog. For too long, May needlessly clings to the belief that her benevolent house ghost, a constantly finger-chewing Pumpkin, is a threat to her, despite him doing nothing to harm her and a few things to help her during the early stages of her journey. She also fails to ask the sorts of questions someone in her position should ask to characters who don't answer her in helpful ways. While Lewis Carrol's Caterpillar and Humpty Dumpty can get away with such obfuscation, here it feels more like a device deliberately employed to preserve a mystery or two and provide impetus for a quest.Western celebrities apparently retain their status in death, too. Characters name drop Shakespeare and Houdini. Abraham Lincoln is referenced. Billy the Kid appears in a bar brawl. The appearances are cute, but feel mostly like the gags they're intended to be.

  • Ellen
    2019-03-18 01:31

    3.5. It was cute. :) Wait- am I allowed to call creepy books cute? It was spooky, but in a good way. Really fun. (Plus, the main character's name is May ELLEN Bird. Enough said. XD)

  • Melissa Jacobson
    2019-03-13 01:47

    Actual Rating 4.5 I thoroughly enjoyed this middle grade read! The world was the perfect blend of whimsical and dingy and the character were quirky amd entertaining. This was such a delightful little story and I cannot wait to read the remaining two books in this trilogy!

  • Anna Moseley
    2019-03-13 03:01

    This book is fantastic! I could relate to May wonderfully. I have a morbid streak and have grown up in the woods all my life. Like May I've had my ups and downs when it comes to fitting in. I think a lot of people can relate to that, especially those who are apart of the book's target age group. Ok, so it has ghosts and trees and a relatable heroine. So far so good. What else made me love this book? The writing style hands down. The writing style was really on par with the target audience. I never felt like I was being read/written down to. The style was matter of fact and never tried to make the story something it wasn't. The cast was lovely. I loved May because she had actual feelings. She was very human and that made her relatable. What she felt and thought were very honest and realistic. Heck, let's be honest who hasn't run around when they were a kid pretending to be the next Xena or the like? Yet, she's also very lonely. At times she's ok with it, and at times she isn't. With her she has Somber Kitty who turns out to have his own adventure and although he doesn't talk, he really does have a lovely personality. Even though the two get separated early on and have their own trials, they never loose hope. They keep on trying and creating new plans to get them where they need and want to go. May has to learn how to get along with people and how to appreciate the time she has by herself. She has to learn how to pull through something that is much, much bigger than her. Somber Kitty on the other hand has to learn how to be alone and that he really does need people. Most importantly, that it's ok to ask for help.The great thing is is that none of these lessons are shoved in the reader's face. They'll figure it out on their own while reading or after reading. As for the villains. Oooh wow! What I loved is that the main one is never really described, and yet its people's reactions to him that make the reader know he's scary. There's other monsters and bad guys that make an appearance and while they are frightening look wise, it's the personality that really makes them fearsome. In my opinion, that's how it should be done. All in all, I think this is a fun, fantastic read! I feel like this book is underrated and doesn't get the attention it deserves. It has wonderful elements and just the right amount of each. It's down to earth yet completely fantastical. I came away from this book felling like I had made a new best friend. I've now made it a tradition to read this book every October. It's quite worth it!

  • Taejas Kudva
    2019-03-04 02:35

    The second Pirates of the Caribbean movie annoyed the heck out of me because it and the third should have just been one movie. Well, and I didn't realize it was going to be a cliffhanger ending.The first May Bird bok falls into the same category. Now, it didn't leave me with a tremendous headache like the second Pirates movie did, but the book didn't finish so much as it ended. It seemed like the end of a chapter, not the end of a story, and it is very possible to have great episodic books where the story arc keeps going but the plot of that book comes to a close: check out Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series fot a great example. I also felt like the book really changed tones when part II began after May arrived in the Ever After. The beginning sets up so many great conflicts, and all of them are abandoned. I suppose the beginning of the book was heading in a more light hearted, pun filled, Pictures of Hollis Woods sort of direction, and swapped it suddenly for The Nightmare Before Christmas. It wasn't that you didn't see it coming, given the cover and the prologue, but it seems sort of a lost opportunity.What May Bird is is pleasantly imaginative and filled with great twists of phrase or jokes that aren't explained but left there like little humor landmines. The Ever After is an interesting, carefully non-partisan after life filled with all sorts of Tim Burton dangers for a Live One to run in to. Anderson is good about providing Pixar type jokes that work on both a kid's and a (childish) adult's level. For instance May finds a book called, What to Expect When You're Expecting to be Executed... come on, comedy gold!The series is going to be that typical kids' formula: child with low self esteem goes into the magical world, finds their backbone, and comes back flush with triumph able to face the challenges of real life. But there's a reason this formula is still around. It works, and it's fun. It's a solid adventure book with a female protagonist that leaves room to grow as the series progresses, and pleasantly shows that you can have an adventure that isn't rooted solely in action.

  • Kogiopsis
    2019-03-09 06:37

    This book has been on my to-read list for so long that I've forgotten why it was there, but that's alright: it turned out to be charmingly creepy, and not nearly as juvenile as I'd expected. In a lot of ways, this is similar to Catherine Valente's The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, in that both are stories about young girls sucked into dangerous magical realms. May Bird finds herself in the afterlife, which has its own complicated social structure and politics, but all she wants is to get back home. There's an interesting thing going on here with the way Anderson shows her as alienated on Earth (from everyone, including her mother) and her slow building of bonds with other characters in the Other After. In the way of many tales set at this point in a character's life, the plot seems to be partly a way to address and overcome May's insecurities.The book's biggest flaw is its pacing. It takes quite a while for May to actually wind up in the Ever After, and once she's there she makes a choice that the plot... basically can't allow her to succeed in. While the climax of the book still has plenty of tension to its name, the journey to reach it was somewhat frustrating, as the outcome is basically a given in light of other plot elements. That's... very vague, but the takeaway is that the middle of this book dragged quite a lot.Obligatory cat mention - the cat in this book is excellent, and honestly the tensest part of the narrative for me was waiting for May and Somber Kitty's reunion. When it happened, it was not only properly emotional, but also a very tidy use of a Chekov's Gun, so great by several different qualifications.I'm not into the story enough to track down the sequels, but if you want a book for a creative and slightly morbid teenager/preteen, give this a shot.

  • Sandy
    2019-03-05 01:47

    After getting a request for this book from a kid who has proven to have excellent taste (she's a regular at the library, and we've done a lot of book talking!), I finally picked up May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I was kind of impressed with the book. May is a friendless 10-year-old girl who has a vivid imagination...and the threat of being sent to boarding school looming over her shoulder. One day while walking in the woods near her home, she falls into a lake and is sucked into the "Ever After," home of ghosts, specters, and ghouls. May finds herself instantly hunted by Bo Clevil, who has outlawed the living from remaining in the Ever After. Teamed up with Pumpkin (the ghost who has haunted May's house for years) and trailed by May's pet Somber Kitty, the two set out to find the Book of the Dead, which will hopefully tell May how she can return home.This engaging story is perhaps a little slow to set up, but May's adventures in Ever After are exciting and fraught with danger. The characters that May meets up with along the way are diverse and well-drawn, each with their own distinct and endearing personalities. There are lots of interesting dead spirits to be found here, but is not a scary book. It would, however, be a good tone-setting for those looking to get into the Halloween spirit but who don't necessarily want to have their pants scared off.

  • Asia Campbell
    2019-02-25 04:56

    It's a really good book i loved it.

  • Karla
    2019-03-24 08:31

    Hmmmmm...took me a while to get into it. But now I can't wait to read the next one. Reminds me of The Wizard of Oz. May Bird and her cat Somber Kitty (as opposed to Toto the dog) get trapped in a fantastic world, the world of the dead, where she makes lots of oddball friends as she tries to get back home to her mother. This story is quirky and funny in places, but also a scary...of course, so was the Wicked Witch of the West - here it is the Bogeyman, who hunts May down with dogs instead of flying monkeys. Her main sidekick is a house spirit named Pumpkin (reminiscent of the scarecrow) who has a pumpkin head and a penchant for strange costumes. I really enjoyed it once I got past the initial slowness and into the action. May turns out to be very brave and her hairless kitty, too. I gave it four stars rather than five only because it took me so long to get into it.

  • Kailey (BooksforMKs)
    2019-03-03 01:54

    In this book May Bird is whisked off to the land of the dead, called Ever After, and adventures her way across the land, searching for a way home. She makes some ghostly friends, and some enemies, in her quest to find the Book of the Dead which holds the answers to every question.The writing is excellent, and there are many good characters. I just don't like ghost stories. All the Halloween-style world building was not to my taste, but I think other people would enjoy that kind of setting.The story takes a little while to finally get going, and then I really liked it! I loved May's character. She is spunky and weird and brave! The people she meets are interesting and crazy and hilarious. So many wild characters!

  • Becky
    2019-03-18 02:57

    I read this for 5th grade Battle of the Books and wrote 25 questions for it. Considering that I don't really like high fantasy (which most of this is other than a brief introduction to May Bird before she tumbles into The Ever After), I must say I was intrigued with this book. It was certainly original and fast-paced with marvelously described characters both living and dead...not to mention Somber Kitty! I can see why my 5th grade girls like it (I'll try to get them to read Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos...reminds me of) and want to read the next 2 books in the series. But 1 book in this series is enough to give me a taste of it ...I think ;-)

  • Crystal
    2019-03-20 08:46

    I was excited to find a book that I was able to enjoy with my daughter. We read a couple chapters every night and quickly went on to finish "May Bird Among the Stars". Can't wait for the last one to be in paperback.

  • Mckenna
    2019-03-04 08:53

    A young outsider, May Bird is dragged into the underworld- no place for mortals, but with the help of her hairless cat, somber kitty, and an unexpected friend, can she get back home?

  • sam appelbaum
    2019-03-12 07:52

    VERY GOOD! i had to read it for a book club during school (bleh!) but ended up LOVING IT!!! READ

  • Jessica
    2019-03-03 03:57

    I can't recall how many times I've read this book by now. It's always been a childhood favorite of mine ever since I picked it up in 2006 at a scholastic book fair. The imagination that went into creating a world that was macabre but also whimsical at the same time is phenomenal.With every read, I notice something different whether it be a layer to a character relationship or the story's plot itself.With loveable characters and a world I'de love to dive into myself (pun FULLY intended), I'll gladly pick it up a multitudinous amount of times to read again or share with a friend.

  • Jody
    2019-02-28 06:58

    I enjoyed this story, it follows a 10 year old girl who ends up in the after life (The Ever After) and meets a whole bunch of crazy ghostly characters on her adventure to get back home. But it never really drew me in and while I enjoyed the idea and the world, it wasn’t complex enough for me and didn’t stand up to some other middle grade stories that I enjoyed more. However, I personally think it’s a pretty good story as far as middle grade goes and I would recommend it to someone close to the age group it was intended for.

  • Etola
    2019-03-17 08:57

    A charming book that makes me think of Coraline done with a Harry Potter-esque tone. There were moments of genuine humor in the colorful world-building, and May is a very likeable protagonist who battles her own insecurities just as much as she tries to escape ghouls and other similar nasties. There were times when my interest waned, but once Beatrice and Fabbio appeared on the scene, I found myself more engaged. The book didn't necessarily blow me away, but it was a fun read and I definitely want to continue with the series.

  • Trina
    2019-03-21 02:51

    This was hard to plug through. While reading it aloud to my girls, I often found they weren't even paying attention because they were so bored with it. But we persevered and worked out way through it so that we could find out the ending to the great plot line set up at the beginning of the book; only to find it wasn't answered, and the book is a series. UGH! What a disappointment; it's drawn out too long for us....

  • Callie
    2019-03-08 00:52

    A childhood favorite of mineI read this book so many times on sick days and vacations as a kid. I looked up to May Bird for her bravery, and I fell in love for the vividness and quirkiness of the Ever After. Now that I’m an adult I still love this story and recommend it to anyone who loves strange,wonderful, and heartwarming adventures.

  • Victoria MacGregor
    2019-03-03 07:40

    When I am asked, "What is your favorite book?" I usually reply, "The May Bird series by Jodi Lynn Anderson." It is filled to brim with magic and imaginative scenes you can see perfectly in your mind because the writing is so clear. Pumpkin is my spirit animal.

  • Vina Nurziani
    2019-03-12 06:44

    Karakternya punya ciri yang khas. Biasanya karakter utama itu dibuat aneh di hadapan karakter lainnya, tapi karakter May Bird punya masalah dengan dirinya sendiri dan itu membuatnya aneh.

  • Courtney Aguilar
    2019-03-01 05:54

    I loved this book as a kid and I wanted to reread the series. I remembered a lot of this book but I also forgot a bunch and I was still as nervous as I was when I first read it.

  • Mary Grace
    2019-03-06 06:33

    Delightfully dark, ominous, and strange.

  • Errin
    2019-03-14 06:53

    Honestly, May Bird and the Ever After is an amazing book full of beautiful characters whom I will always love. If you love fantasy, I suggest reading the May Bird series.

  • Foreign Grid
    2019-03-13 03:44

    I once had an imaginary friend named pumpkin as well.

  • Kasia
    2019-03-12 06:52

    loved how this book was written. the imagery was wonderful. is one of those books where you want to figure out everything so you don't want to stop.