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Shh! We Have a Plan Hardcover – 6 Mar 2014

4.7 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406342327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406342321
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 1 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In a gorgeous nocturnal landscape of deep purples and blues, four figures go marching along. ... They tiptoe towards the bird with hilariously expressive body language... In a breathtakingly rich spread, a flock of colorful, jewel-toned birds appear and drive the schemers into retreat. ... 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.
School Library Journal (starred review)
There s a bouncy staccato music in the carefully structured text, and listeners will quickly anticipate the patterns and helpfully join in on the repetitions as they root for the little guy who knows better than the big fools. Haugen s art is original yet easily legible... The temptation to act this out will be almost irresistible, so channel the impulse into an organized (or even semi-organized) performance.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
With cover art recalling Ungerer s The Three Robbers and the wry sensibility of Klassen s Hat books, this is a natural choice for any storytime. A spare, humorous text pairs with blocky, digital illustrations to tell the story... Plan on repeated readings.
Horn Book (starred review)
Big, blocky shapes and intense hues make the action simple to follow, and Haughton s text is similarly telegraphic. ... 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.
Publishers Weekly
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.
Booklist Online
A peace-waging parable, presented with wry minimalism a la Jon Klassen or Tomi Ungerer. ... Haughton uses a palette of deep blues and purples for his simple forest scenes; this causes the hunters' googly eyes to stand out comically and also makes the fuchsia, red and orange birds easy to spot and follow. Last seen creeping up on a squirrel, the hunters have plainly learned nothing from their experience but young readers might. Sure to "net" young audiences, who will definitely root for the birds.
Kirkus Reviews
It s one of the best picture books of the year.
Travis Jonker, 100 Scope Notes
This slapstick adventure (rendered in brilliantly saturated colors) demonstrates that if the best laid plans often go awry, then poorly laid plans don't stand a chance.
Huffington Post
Many young readers will enjoy the story for its humorous elements while others will nod gently, recognizing its life lessons about the impact of force versus gentleness. The repetitive use of cautionary "Shh"s hissed at the youngster as the gang tries to execute its plans and the moody digital illustrations are bound to make readers feel as though they are moving stealthily through the night.
Reading Today Online
Delightfully vibrant.
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Book Description

From award-winning illustrator Chris Haughton, one of the most exciting new voices in children's literature, comes a brand new picture book about a beautiful bird, an unquenchable desire and plans gone awry...

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By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
A skilled reader could have a field day with this. Lots of opportunity for dramatic silences, voices, and ascending / descending phrases.

For a parent it's fun to read. Very few words mean the pictures have to work hard to tell the story. And they do. A family is out to catch a bird in their nets. The littlest family member wants to talk to the bird but is always shhed while the bigger family members use nets, ladders and other tools... but still can't catch him. Will someone succeed?

A wicked sense of humour pervades - size isn't everything. Simplicity often works best. And it's not always good to get what you wanted...

Simply but effectively (and memorably) illustrated. Very distinctive style. And excellent use of the simplest of text, that burgeoning readers will find themselves able to read.

Read it twice through to my three-year-old and we both laughed at all the mishaps and the ending.
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great book. the colours are great, and its a good size. very funny story for both child and parent. my son loves to read along since each part is a pattern. i like the the surprise is always after the page flip. 1mo later, he still likes to read this very frequently.
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Very imaginative and clever book. When I first read this to my just turned three year old daughter I was a little taken aback by the lack of words in it. I feared she would be bored at the seeming lack of story but not at all. She loved the artistry which is so distinctive compared to a lot of books for children. Its great fun to read to her and to get her to join in. When I say "Ssshh" I put a finger to my lips and she joins in copying me as I motion in a creeping way as if we were both sneaking up on that pesky bird. She loves it and I do too.
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Excellent book, as are his others ("Lost" and "Oh No George"). The pictures are wonderful and the story really keeps my daughter's attention. I'm happy to read this to her over and over again - surely the acid test of any children's book.
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This cracks classes full of children up every time. The colours, meagre text, looming disaster and assured repetition are compelling, I have bought copies for friends and families knowing it to be a winner, Chris Haughton is at the top of his game.
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Another of Chris Haughton's lovely books with distinctive illustrations and funny storylines. I love all of his children's books and this is no exception. Good quality material used and a lovely book.
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This book is already the number one for our todler (2 years old) and even his brother (5 years old), we drag it around anywhere we go. It's fun to read as well as a parent, and the illustrations are so cute!
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My kids absolutely loved this book. The illustrations are wonderful - stylish, vibrant, with a great colour palette. The story is simple and easy to follow but crucially allows the person reading it out to add a bit of drama. I'd recommend it to any parent of little ones.
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