Nope – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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Title: Nope, A Tale of First Flight

Author & Illustrator: Drew Sheneman

Publisher: Viking, 2017

Ages: 3-5

Themes: baby birds, first flight, trying new things, courage




Nope tells the nearly wordless story of a baby bird who isn’t so sure it’s a good idea to leave the nest, and Don’t Eat That! is about a misguided bear looking for a post-hibernation snack. (Goodreads)

Why I like this Book:

Imagine all the terrifying things you face when you are a baby bird peering out of the nest contemplating your first flight. Wouldn’t your response to Mama Bird be, “Nope?” The cartoonish Mama and baby bluebirds and the lead up to and moment of baby’s first solo flight are full of childish exaggeration and fear and Mama’s sneaky wisdom. Sure to be a winner for the young set. Basically two words and some fab, bright suspenseful illustrations.


Question for young readers: What was your big scary solo flight?

Find more “Perfect Picture Book Friday” reviews at Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog HERE.

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12 Responses to Nope – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Andrea Mack says:

    I have that book in the pile I’ve signed out from the library! Wordless books are great to read with my students, to help them learn to “read” the pictures.

  2. What an absolutely beautiful book. I love that the words are spare because the illustrations tell it all. It also gives kids the opportunity to imagine the story. This would make a great gift book!

  3. I love this book. Bought it the moment I say it.

  4. Great choice, Joanna! Adding it to my must-read list. And I love your suggested activity…what a wonderful question for parents or teachers to ask kids. 🙂

  5. Gorgeous illustrations, wow! The title sure is an attention grabber. 🙂

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