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Board Book Review: Shh! We Have A Plan

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Board Book Review: Shh! We Have A Plan

There seems to be a bit more suspense and higher stakes in certain parts with the movie. Perhaps that is what it is. Plus, Danny DeVito is fantastic.

Review Date: March 14th, 2016

Written and Illustrated by: Chris Haughton

Cover Copy

Four friends creep through the woods, hoping to catch a birdie… SHH! They have a plan.


This book might be one of the most beautifully and cleverly colored books we own. The shifts in color are so engaging and the contrast so striking that I find myself re-reading this one to Madeline quite often. Her insistence that a page be read in about five seconds before the next one is turned wars considerably with my quirky stubbornness to read every word of the books I read to her out loud, so the number of words per page is perfect and the words themselves easy to remember and anticipate so I can just recite them if her chubby little hands get in the way.

As for the story, I think this is up there in my list of my favorites. It’s simple, adorable, but has a great underlying message that intent and trust go hand in hand when it comes to animals. I don’t know how intentional this message was for the author, but with someone who owns birds and watches her child terrorize–I mean show affection to– them {and our cat} it will be a great message for her as she grows.

Madeline really likes this one. Her eyes get all big when I read it and when the pages turn from the dominant blue to the bright colors of the birds. She gets even more excited when I read it on repeat because she seems to know what’s coming! And she has oh, so much fun turning the pages, too! We love this book.

Baby Ratings

  • Slobber Durability: 5/10
  • NOM Resistance: 4/10
  • Tear & Fold Resistance: 8/10
  • Font Readability: 10/10
  • Baby Engagement: 10/10
  • Mommy Engagement: 10/10


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Reader, Author, Bookstagrammer, and Mom; Alexis runs Nerdy Post, a fandom artwork box as well as serves as chief editor and writer on Drop and Give me Nerdy.

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