- Picture books
Somerville, Massachusetts :
- First U.S. edition
- Physical Description
- 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
- Main Author
Four friends are quietly trundling through a dusky grove when they spot a radiant bird in the distance. "Hi, birdie," says the smallest, but the three bigger friends, all wielding nets, have other ideas. They shush the fourth and silently sneak over, but they're thwarted at the last minute when the bird flies away. It happens again and again, but the smallest guy—all eyes, hat, and limbs—takes a different approach and offers his flighty new friend some bread. Then another bird arrives, and another, and soon the gloaming is full of brilliantly bright birds. It's a dream come true, until the friends are outnumbered and the birds seek out some well-earned revenge on their would-be captors. Haughton's stylish digital illustrations in chunky patches of color make masterful use of hue and contrast—the jazzy warm-toned birds are vibrant when set against the crepuscular blues of the friends and the woods. With only a few words total, a repeated refrain, and a visually unmistakable plot, this is a great choice for emergent readers or a group storytime. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
Three hunters with nets trudge through a deep forest of violets and blues, their wide eyes unblinking in the gloom. They're comically small and troll-like, and they're trailed by a fourth companion who's even stumpier. The hunters spot an exquisite scarlet bird. "Hello, birdie," says the smallest hunter, prompting hushes from his companions, who tell him, "We have a plan." The three hunters tiptoe forward, nets ready, but fall over each other like the Keystone Kops when they pounce. The bird sails off, undisturbed, and the pattern of greeting, hushing, and pouncing repeats with equally slapstick results. Big, blocky shapes and intense hues make the action simple to follow, and Haughton's (Oh No, George!) text is similarly telegraphic. Eventually, the bird flies toward the littlest hunter after being offered a bit of bread, a flock of phantasmagorically colored birds gathers, and the hunters get their comeuppance. The delicious stupidity of the hunting trio, the purity of heart of their small companion, and the sweet-tempered drama of each page turn make this a classic exercise in picture-book making. Ages 3–7. (Sept.) [Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLCReview by School Library Journal Reviews
PreS-Gr 2—In a gorgeous nocturnal landscape of deep purples and blues, four figures go marching along. The three big ones are holding nets, and the little one trails slightly behind. Suddenly, they spy a bright pink bird in the tree. "Hello, birdie," calls the little one. "Shh," reprimands the first one. "SHH!" hisses the next. "We have a plan," explains the third, holding up a birdcage. They tiptoe towards the bird with hilariously expressive body language until, "ready one…ready two…ready three…GO!" But the bird easily evades them, and the three end up in a tangle while the little one looks on. The scenario and "shhs" repeat, and finally, while the big ones are literally down the creek without a paddle, the little one makes friends. In a breathtakingly rich spread, a flock of colorful, jewel-toned birds appear and drive the schemers into retreat. Echoing the opening, the big ones quick-step along under the moonlit sky, nervously glancing behind them and dragging the little one along. The story seems over, but they haven't quite learned their lesson yet. A masterful delight, this crafty caper has huge kid appeal and a title/refrain that will easily sneak into the family lexicon: shh! We have a plan. This perfect blend of circular narrative, deceptively spare art, and humor becomes a story that kids will want to read at storytime, at home, and to themselves if no adult is handy. Plan to make this title a first purchase.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN [Page 84]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Spotting an exquisite bird high up in a tree, four friends engage in a sequence of stealthy plans to capture the bird only to have their efforts comically foiled, while their quiet, observant companion stretches out his hand to execute a better plan of his own. By the award-winning creator of Little Owl Lost.Review by Publisher Summary 2
Spotting an exquisite bird in a tree, three friends execute a series of stealthy plans to capture the bird only to have their efforts foiled, while their quiet, observant companion stretches out his hand to execute a plan of his own.Review by Publisher Summary 3
From the creator of Little Owl Lost and Oh No, George! comes a funny, strikingly illustrated story of best-laid plans ' and the secret to attracting the birdie.Four friends creep through the woods, and what do they spot? An exquisite bird high in a tree! 'Hello birdie," waves one. 'shh! We have a plan," hush the others. They stealthily make their advance, nets in the air. Ready one, ready two, ready three, and go! But as one comically foiled plan follows another, it soon becomes clear that their quiet, observant companion, hand outstretched, has a far better idea. Award-winning author-illustrator Chris Haughton is back with another simple, satisfying story whose visual humor plays out in boldly graphic, vibrantly colorful illustrations.Review by Publisher Summary 4
From the creator of Little Owl Lost and Oh No, George! comes a funny, strikingly illustrated story of best-laid plans — and the secret to attracting the birdie.Four friends creep through the woods, and what do they spot? An exquisite bird high in a tree! “Hello birdie,” waves one. “Shh! We have a plan,” hush the others. They stealthily make their advance, nets in the air. Ready one, ready two, ready three, and go! But as one comically foiled plan follows another, it soon becomes clear that their quiet, observant companion, hand outstretched, has a far better idea. Award-winning author-illustrator Chris Haughton is back with another simple, satisfying story whose visual humor plays out in boldly graphic, vibrantly colorful illustrations.