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 board 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. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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

From Chris Haughton, the multi award-winning author-illustrator of A Bit Lost and Oh No, George!, comes a picture book about a beautiful bird, four friends and plans gone wrong...

The friends are out for a walk. Suddenly, they spot it - a beautiful bird perched high in a tree! They simply must have it and - ssh! - they have a plan. So they 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 gang cannot catch that elusive birdie! But the littlest of this group, a quiet spectator up until now, knows that a bit of kindness can go a long way...Will his friends follow his gentle lead or will they get themselves into even more trouble?

The winner of the 2014 Association of Illustrator's Award for Children's Books, Chris Haughton's covetable tale is now in a gorgeous board book edition.


From the multi award winning author-illustrator of A Bit Lost and Oh No, George!, comes a picture book about a beautiful bird, four friends and plans gone wrong... One hilarious foiled plan after another... -- Primary Times Primary Times A read-aloud favourite in our house, and one that will work well in board format thanks to bold artwork and minimal text. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller A gorgeous board book about a beautiful bird, four friends and plans gone wrong... The Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide Awarding-winning Chris Haughton tells a big story in stunning illustrations in his near-wordless picture board book. -- Julia Ecceshare Love Reading 4 Kids available in a gorgeous board book edition from Walker Books. Beautifully designed with fabulous illustrations, little ones will love this fun and silly tale that's full of suspense. Early Times

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


Board book
42 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Author's Website


Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

3rd September 2015




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