"Teague proves that a picture can be worth a thousand words--and almost as many laughs." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Engaging illustrations and the baby bird's wild ideas will entertain audiences of all ages." --Booklist (starred review)
"Funny, feathery finesse." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Mama bird thinks it's time for Baby bird's first flight, but Baby bird has other ideas in this humorous wordless picture book from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Mark Teague.
It's a big day up in the tree that Mama bird shares with her baby. Mama bird thinks Baby bird is finally ready to leave the nest and learn to fly so he can migrate south with the rest of their flock. But Baby bird isn't so sure. Can't his mother keep bringing him worms in their nest? Can't he migrate in a hot air balloon instead? Or perhaps a car? This silly wordless picture book will keep young readers giggling as Baby bird figures out that he must flap his wings and learn to fly--whether he likes it or not!
Many picture books feature young birds who refuse to fly, but Teague (Felipe and Claudette) takes the genre to new heights with this story. Wordless it may be, but there's plenty of dialogue between the story's petulant robin fledging and its relatively patient mother, all conveyed via balloons filled with spot illustrations. The humor arises from the tension between Teague's elegant, substantial-looking acrylic images and the parent-offspring bickering that readers can hear instantly and vividly in their minds. When the mom communicates to her child that all birds fly, her pictorial balloon suggests a bevy of graceful, soaring species. The child's unflappable response? A series of illustrations show it laughingly opting instead for aerial transit via hot air balloon, hang glider, plane, and superhero cape. Countering the mother's suggestion that the autumn migration will require flight, the wee bird invokes the idea of a road trip via bicycle, skateboard, or red convertible. Finally, the baby bird does fly--it takes a reminder that becoming an owl's dinner is a real possibility--and the story ends with a reconciliatory cuddle that needs no further elaboration. Teague proves that a picture can be worth a thousand words--and almost as many laughs. Ages up to 8. (Sept.)Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.
PreS-Gr 1—Teague's wordless picture book features a mama robin and a baby who refuses to fly. The humorous story that ensues is told through word bubbles filled with expressive spot illustrations showing "the dialogue" between the two birds. As mama bird tries to push the baby out of the nest, her little one laughingly proposes creative ways of alternative transportation, such as a hot air balloon, hang glider, airplane, or cape. The suggestions continue with ground transportation such as a skateboard, car, train, or even a pogo stick. Parent-offspring bickering continues and readers will deduce the meaning without words easily. Once Mama suggests that the fledgling could become owl prey, the baby is airborne! The story ends with a celebratory snuggle back in their nest. VERDICT The beautiful illustrations will have readers talking and laughing throughout the entire book.—Morgan O'Reilly, Riverdale Country School, NYCopyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.