Shh! We Have a Plan (PB)

Author(s): Chris Haughton

Picture Books

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.


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Wonderfully quirky, hilarious and utterly engaging. - Junior

A delight ... a lovely book for reading aloud full of expression and fun. - Daily Mail

Packed with atmosphere ... a journey which no reader is likely to forget. - Independent on Sunday

Picture book perfection. - Metro

Packed with humour and vivid imagery, this book is set to delight young children. - Independent on Sunday

Simple text and dynamic artwork combine in acomic story of hapless hunters and an elusive bird. - Irish Times

A fiesta for the eyes. - Irish Independent

Brilliant ... a glorious work by a rising star - Big Issue in Scotland

Brilliantly designed and full of humour and quirk - Bookseller

With a minimalist test of just over a hundred words, aided by a judiciously selective use of colour, Haughton entertainingly relates (verbally and visually) the escapades of a group of hapless creatures intent on becoming bird-catchers. Collage and silhouette are employed effectively to enhance the comedy of a situation where, in spite of all the plans in the world, success in capturing the little coloured bird remains elusive. - Children's Books Ireland Recommended Read

Every art-room, every classroom, every home should have multiple copies. -- Leabhair Phaisti Eireann Inis

Chris Haughton is the master of understated ridiculous, and his newest, Shh! We Have a Plan, is no exception. -- The Bulletin

Also long listed for the Kate Greenaway medal, this is such a simple tale and yet so effective, largely due to the repetition of the refrains and the striking illustrations. -- Huffington Post

Chris Haughton is an Irish designer and illustrator and was named one of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators in 2011. -- Mummy Pages

Ingenious storytelling and the perfect way to encourage a lifetime of reading. -- Lancashire Evening Post

The limited colours, strange little characters and simple short text add to its appeal. - South Wales Evening Post

Chris Haughton is an Irish designer and illustrator, named one of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators in 2011. His debut picture book, A Bit Lost, is published into 19 different languages around the world and has won nine awards in seven countries, including the Dutch Picture Book of the Year and CBI Book of the Year. His second title, Oh No, George! came out in March 2012 and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. Chris was also listed in Time Magazine's DESIGN 100 for his work with the fair trade company People Tree and he co-founded NODE, a fair trade social business in 2012. He lives in East London.

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General Fields

  • : 9781406360035
  • : Walker Books Australia Pty, Limited
  • : Walker Books Australia
  • : 0.23
  • : January 2015
  • : 260mm X 250mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Chris Haughton
  • : Paperback
  • : 315
  • : Chris Haughton
  • : en
  • : [E]
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