The side-splitting adventures of a talking bird – now with new illustrations by Axel Scheffler
»I’m not a crow, and I’m no rook either. I’m a mynah bird and my name is Padde.«
He’s witty and clever; he can roar like a tiger and swear like a sailor. The wily bird has travelled all the way from the Indian jungle to Hamburg. In Schulte’s pet shop, a little girl names him the Blackbird Pirate because of the yellow stripe on his head—but she’s not allowed to keep him and he scares off any lady who might want to buy him with his obscene language and offensive behaviour. Before he turns into a permanent fixture in the pet shop, Padde is donated to the zoo along with Störtebecker the parrot and a vain cockatoo. But the wily mynah escapes, only to wind up in the clutches of an animal ventriloquist – and his voracious tomcat. Padde escapes once more – and
then he meets the little girl who named him on a river barge and finally finds a new home with her.