Reader Reviewed Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Shh! We Have a Plan

Written by Chris Haughton
Illustrated by Chris Haughton

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Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture book. The huntsmen are determined to capture the bird. Armed with nets they creep up on their prey…but they haven’t got every angle covered! How the littlest repeatedly sabotages the huntsmen’s plans is a wittily told story with a strong message about communication.

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and share books from an early age and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of the younger members of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Thomas Parker, age 4 - 'My 4 year old loved this book. The pictures tell the story and the text is easy to read, so he can read to me too.'
  • Liam Hill, age 5 - 'I liked this book because it made me giggle! I can imagine the story in my head...I want to read it again and then I am going to make a plan... Shhhhh.'
  • Aoife Harrison, age 5 - 'I liked this book. I liked it because it was funny.'
  • Amatullah Khatun, age 5 - 'another brilliant book by the talented author and illustrator, Chris Haughton.'
  • Tanya Thurling - 'we did enjoy the story...Eleanor my daughter found the story a bit too simple.'
  • Alison and Rebecca Urquhart, age 5 - 'It was an enjoyable read to share as a bed time story and I'm sure would be the kind of story that would be requested by younger children over and over again.'


Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

Four friends, three big and one little, are out for a walk. Suddenly, they spot it - a beautiful bird perched high in a tree! They simply MUST have it and - SHH! - they have a PLAN. So they tip-toe, tip-toe very slowly, nets poised - Ready one ...ready two ...ready three ...GO! But, at the turn of the page, we find a ridiculous bunch of very tangled characters and a blissfully oblivious bird, flying away. One hilarious foiled plan after another and it's clear that this goofy trio CANNOT catch that elusive birdie! But the littlest of this group, a quiet spectator up until now, knows that a bit of kindness and sweetness can go a lot further than any elaborate scam. Will his three friends follow his gentle lead or will they get themselves into even more trouble?


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 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 Huffington Post Chris Haughton is an Irish designer and illustrator and was named one of Booktrust's Best New Illustrators in 2011. -- Mummy Pages Mummy Pages Ingenious storytelling and the perfect way to encourage a lifetime of reading. -- Lancashire Evening Post Lancashire Evening Post The limited colours, strange little characters and simple short text add to its appeal. South Wales Evening Post

About the Author

Chris Haughton

Chris Haughton is a freelance illustrator and designer from Dublin. In 2007 he was named as one of TIME magazine's DESIGN 100 list for the work he does for Fair Trade and People Tree. Chris has created and taught many courses in Design and Illustration around the world, including Ireland, Hong Kong, Korea and India. His debut picture book, A Bit Lost, was the recipient of Gold in the Children's Book category at the Association of Illustrators annual awards. He has also won the 2011 Marion Vannett Ridgway Award, Dutch Picture Book of the Year and was named one of the Booktrust's Best New Illustrators 2011. He lives in London.

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Book Info


40 pages
Interest Age: From 5


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd April 2015




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