Shh! We Have a Plan, by Chris Haughton

Four friends go walking through the woods. They spot a beautiful bird perched on a branch. They want it…but can they catch it? Shh, they have a plan! That it is a good plan, however, cannot be guaranteed.

Shh! We Have a Plan is the gorgeously illustrated new picture book from award-winning illustrator Chris Haughton. It is a beautiful story about listening to the littlest folk, about hearing their ideas instead of hushing them, and allowing their innocent wisdom to have a voice. It is also a tale about unquenchable desire, and how that often leads to good plans going bad. This book is a reminder that kindness is likely to go a lot further than anything else.

The stylised images and effective colour scheme of the illustrations make Shh! We Have a Plan interesting and exciting for both young and older readers. (For those already familiar with Haughton’s picture books, this one has a blue cover, to join the green and orange covers of his previous books.) It is a sharp, witty and funny read that will give children a good giggle, while also filling them with wonderment as they follow the magnificent, colourful bird.

A wonderful, expressive addition to children’s literature, Shh! We Have a Plan is a must for Haughton enthusiasts, and highly recommended as a gift book for young readers.

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TITLE: Shh! We Have a Plan
AUTHOR(S): Chris Haughton
PUBLISHER: Walker Books
RRP: $27.99
ISBN: 9781406342321

Emma is an ardent writer, reviewer and editor. She currently lives in Orange, NSW, where she shares her time between writing, undergraduate studies in Linguistics and French (oui, c’est vrai!), and her “day job” as a yoga teacher. Emma especially enjoys reading women’s fiction, contemporary fiction and the classics.

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