Wednesday, November 15, 2017

NOPE! A Tale of First Flight by Drew Sheneman / Book Review

Written & Illustrated By: Drew Sheneman
Published by: Viking Books for Young Readers 
Released on: January 17th, 2017
Purchase from: Amazon 
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Rating: 5 Owlets - We Loved It!
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review

A nurturing mama bird, a fearful baby, and a nest in a tall, tall tree. Ready, set, soar? Nope!

Sweetly and humorously told, here is a sparkling debut about the joys that come from embracing new experiences, written and illustrated by nationally-syndicated cartoonist Drew Sheneman.

Be prepared to laugh a lot with this debut picture book! Full of vivid illustrations, and little words, this picture book is down right hilarious.

It's time for baby bird's first flight. Unfortunately this bird lacks the confidence mama bird has when it comes to his first leap from the nest. All he can do is imagine the number of things out there waiting to get him. This baby bird's imagination definitely runs wild. Thankfully this baby bird has a mama who trusts in his ability, even it means he literally needed a push from the nest to find that bravery in overcoming his fear. That first push was all he needed to discover how much fun it is to fly. 

These illustrations are perfect! We laughed non stop through out this book. This may end up being one of my favorite picture books of the year. Sheneman's illustrations are so expressive, that adding too many words to this book would take away from the story that illustrations perfectly tell. 

On a mama note, I loved mama's bird's love, and the confidence she had for her baby bird. She trusted in hiss ability to fly, even if he didn't realize he could at first. I really appreciated that subtle message in the story. 

This is definitely one picture book worth picking up! 

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves. ~ Anna Quindlen

Good children's literature appeals not only to
the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child.
~ Anonymous ~