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"A simple but effective introduction to the 'feathered family.'"

-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

David Opie grew up in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, where he spent a lot of time roaming around the woods. He went on to earn his BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


David illustrated the picture books Dozer’s Run: A True Story of a Dog and His Race (Sleeping Bear Press, 2014), and There Was an Old Gator Who Swallowed a Moth (Pelican Publishing, 2019).


His author-illustrator debut picture book, All the Birds in the World, released in 2020 (Peter Pauper Press).


His illustrations have appeared in many magazines, including Highlights High Five, LA Times, the Providence Journal, Providence Phoenix, Publishers Weekly, Rhode Island Monthly, Spider Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, TimeOut Chicago, and Weekly Reader.


He has worked for many educational publishers, including Heinemann/Houghton Mifflin, Macmillan, Learning A-Z, McGraw-Hill, National Geographic School Publishing, Scholastic, and Soundprints/Smithsonian.


He has taught at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago and the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, and was a full-time instructor in the illustration department of the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago.


He and his wife live with their dog in coastal Connecticut.

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"A quizzical kiwi follows readers through Opie’s vibrantly illustrated exploration of bird types and attributes."

-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"Opie . . . makes his debut as an author-illustrator in this thoughtfully written, engaging picture book for children."

-Booklist (Starred Review)

"The sparkling and informative text and crisp, clear illustrations highlight a wide variety of birds while creating a sense of belonging for the plain kiwi and anyone else who might feel different."

-School Library Journal (Starred Review)

"An imploring kiwi wonders where it fits into its 'feathered family' in David Opie's delightful author/illustrator debut."

-Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)