Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth is another of our favorites here at the Library this summer. This book is another example of a picture book for older readers. Part bird book, part catalog and part futuristic dystopian fiction, this clever work imagines a world (2031 - not too far out in the future) where very few species of birds exist. Aviary Wonders, Inc. allows people to peruse their catalogs looking for bird parts that have been beautifully handcrafted so that they may craft their own new species of bird. The "catalog" has choices of feathers, bodies, beaks, tails, legs and feet. There are collards, crests and wings to choose from too. There are assembly instructions and quick tutorials on teaching your birds to sing and fly. The end of the catalog includes a special "troubleshooting" section. There is even a fictional "company founder" who devotes a paragraph in the beginning of the catalog to tell the story of how he came to start this bird assembly company. It is the short paragraphs on several of the pages that educate us about different birds that have gone extinct that makes us realize this made up world might already be in the making. Older readers will grasp the eerie amusement in this story. How silly to think we'd someday be making up our own fake birds - that could never happen. Or could it?