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A Cage Went in Search of a Bird

Written by Cary Fagan

Illustrated by Banafsheh Erfanian

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554988617
  • 8.5" x 8.5"
  • from grade K to grade 2
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Emotions & Feelings
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Runaways


Publication Date May 01, 2017

Is there someone out there for everyone? Two lonely souls find each other in this unusual tale of friendship and belonging from award-winning comic writer Cary Fagan. In her North American debut, illustrator Banafsheh Erfanian brings ornate artistry to the cage and birds that inhabit this surprisingly human story.

A long-empty birdcage takes a chance and leaves behind its attic home to find a bird to keep. Out in the world, the cage encounters many birds and offers shelter to each of them. One by one, they refuse, explaining why they belong elsewhere. The cage feels lonelier than ever – until the cage in search of a bird finds a bird in search of a cage.

Based on an aphorism by Franz Kafka, Fagan’s original story will make readers laugh at its absurdity and ponder its meaning long after they finish reading.


Cary Fagan
Cary Fagan is the award-winning author of many books for children and adults, including Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas and Oy, Feh, So! Visit Cary Fagan's website:

Banafsheh Erfanian
Banafsheh was born in Tehran, Iran. She graduated from Tehran University of Art with a bachelor in graphic design and a master’s in illustration. Banafsheh has illustrated more than twenty books and magazines, and written more than twenty-five articles in art reviews. She has exhibited her work in Iran, Italy, US, Canada, Moscow, Japan and Belgrade. She has won prizes such as the 1st prize of the Second Festival of Text Books Illustration, Iran, and the encouragement prize of the 15th Noma Concours for Picture Book Illustration, Japan. She teaches painting and illustration in Iran and Canada. She lives in Toronto.


Star Review

"An original and thought-provoking exploration of the rhythms of friendship." Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

"A literal interpretation of a famous quote provides the heart of a whimsical story about two lonely souls seeking friendship. … Boldly illustrated in a folk art–style with acrylic and oil pastel, the pages are a riot of saturated colors." Booklist

"A lovely storytime or lapsit selection for deep thinkers and connection-makers." School Library Journal