Book reviews #270-272: 3 books by Chris Haughton — Oh No, George! and Little Owl Lost and Shh! We Have a Plan

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughtonby Chris Haughton
Picture book
Interest level: K-3
Independent reading level: 0.9
4 out of 5 stars


I wasn’t sure whether to give this book four or five stars, when it dawned on me that I had to give it five stars because as much as I find real clowns totally creepy, I loved this beautiful story of friendship between an old farmer and a young clown-child who was lost. This wordless picture book packs a lot of emotion and story into it’s limited pages. There is a lot of caring that is in this story, and it has a great ending!

Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughtonby Chris Haughton
Picture book
Interest level: K-3
Independent reading level: 0.7
4 out of 5 stars


This is a sweet story, reminiscent of ARE YOU MY MOTHER? and IS YOUR MAMA A LLAMA? Little Owl gets separated from his Mama and a friendly squirrel and frog help him look for her. As he describes some of her individual features, the characters jump to the wrong conclusions about who is his Mama. The ending is sweet and funny. The simple illustrations are the perfect tone for the story, and I love how you can sense the animals hidden in the forest. Very enjoyable, and I can see this as a great read-aloud.

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughtonby Chris Haughton
Picture book
Interest level: K-3
Independent reading level: 0.7
4 out of 5 stars


This is a delightful and fun story! Four friends are sneaking through the night with the goal of capturing a beautiful and colorful bird. The smallest of the group really frustrates the other three when he keeps calling out a “hello” greeting, alerting the bird to their presence. In the end though, I love how the plans get turned around, and our small friend becomes a hero. The illustrations are done in hues of black and blue that perfectly represent the night. The bird is the bright splash of color in the story. Wonderfully crafted!

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