The Mincing Mockingbird – Guide to Troubled Birds
by Matt Adrian | Blue Rider Press | June 2014 | ISBN: 0615593682 by direct at:
They Say: We’re Matt Adrian and Kim Bagwill. We live in California and we’re married. We spend quite a bit of time trying to make each other laugh, and the products on this website are a result of that. We hope you like what you see! Matt’s Mincing Mockingbird products of avian jackassery have been gracing the hallowed halls of the Internet since 2006. We’re beyond excited to announce that the Guide will be published by Blue Rider Press, a division of Penguin Random House. Check back in June when the new hardcover edition comes out!

The Mincing Mockingbird Guide to Troubled Birds” is an illustrated pocket field guide that enables anyone to quickly identify psychotic, violent or mentally unstable bird species. It collects some of the finest little humorous vignettes I’ve written for my disturbed birds (some of which can be found in my magnet listings), and contains a whopping 64 pages, all in eye-popping color! Along with containing many of the magnet images throughout the site, the guide contains stories, bird attack statistics from 1970 and study questions to make sure you’ve done your homework. 5.5 x 7 inches.

Reviews of the guide have ranged from “hilarious” and “classic” to “these should be burned along with ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Lolita,’ you bad, bad, bad, bad man.” Most libraries will not protest the banning of this book, and several librarians have called it a “nasty bit of business.” There’s nothing too horrible in these, but all the same there may be a word or two that may be inappropriate for ‘wee people’. Meaning kids. But if you consider yourself one of those ‘cool’ parents, hey, go ahead. Hopefully your kids will pass along their therapy bills to you later on.

Amaze your friends, alienate your loved one(s). Read it in public – it’s a great conversation starter that may lead to wonderful long-term relationships or casual, cramped bathroom sex.

 A man at a show where I was selling these was leafing through it, his eyes sparkling with delight. He looked up and said, “You’re like Dylan, man!” Keep in mind that this man was insane.Fatbirder View: When I started leafing through this booklet I couldn’t see the point, but it gradually grew on me. Its Damian Hurst meets Spike Milligan meets Edgar Alan Poe. The quirky bird portraits are accompanied by quirkier captions and the quirkiest mini-tales. Anecdote like scraps of overheard conversation between Yossarian of Catch 22 fame and Hannibal lector’s therapist. This is Jonathan Livingston Seagull for the Columbine generation. I frowned for three ‘chapters’, chuckled over a few and smiled for the rest. As any off the rail owl might say… it’s a hoot!