Shh! We have a plan!
Shh! We have a plan! is a cute little book and you’ll probably love it. My son wanted me to buy it while we were out shopping one day. We were looking around the book store and found a number of good children’s books. We read through a few of them there in the store. And he loved this one so much we had to pick it up. Most of all I love design and look of the book. They are just beautiful. The simple shapes and colors feel like a cross between cut paper and vector graphics. The story follows a small group of people sneaking through the woods looking for a bird. The littlest one says “HI BIRDY!” And the others turn to him saying, “Shh! We have a plan!”
As I mentioned above, the book has a beautiful layout and design. Plus, the copy I have is wonderfully printed on thick cardboard. So, it’s super durable for little readers. The story is cute, and the repetition makes reading it with your little ones fun.
The problem is it’s kind of boring. Although I like the look and feel of the book, my son lost interest pretty quickly. For my part, reading it became a bit of a let down as well. Even though I love the color and design, the story doesn’t follow through on its build up.
The characters stalk up on a bird they want to catch. And of course they talk the whole time they are meant to be quiet which is funny. “Ready one, ready two, ready three! GO!” And then nothing. So, it’s a lovely little build up but it doesn’t lead to anything. The bird flies away but it isn’t funny. There’s no sound for the bird, no crash, boom, bah for the characters. And the punchline just never lands. So, unless the parent or teacher really goes for it and throws in a lot of goofy sounds, the kids listening or reading the story aren’t likely to stay interested.
In fact, there is apparently a fully animated version of it available which also looks pretty nice. But again, it also apparently has the same punch line issues. I liken it to watching Peanuts. Strangely interesting even though it’s kind of a downer.