#233 – – Whoever Heard of a Fird? by Othello Bach

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Whoever Heard Of A Fird?

Othello Bach

Shann Hurst

60 Pages     Ages: 7+

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Back Cover: If you haven’t heard of a fird, part fish, part bird, you don’t know that he’s looking for a head of fird. He wants to find out if he’s “firding” right. You see, Fird was raised by a nest of Dickens, part dog, part chicken, but they’ve never heard of a fird, and they don’t know if he’s firding right.

So Fird sets out to find a herd of Fird. Along the way, he meets many two-feature creatures—whimsical animals like shamels—part sheep, part camels, and bertles—part bear, part turtles. But no one has heard of a fird. While Fird has no luck finding a herd of fird, he discovers something far more important. He learns that he can be whatever he wants to be, without looking anywhere outside of himself.

firdFird is part fish, part bird. He was raised by the Dickens, part dog, part chicken. Fird wanted to know if he was living a correct fird life. He wants to find his fird family, or at least a fird herd.  Fird and Snyder Spider, his pet and best friend, left the Dickens despite their great pleas to stay. No one had ever left the Dicken Mountain mainly because there are “big, bad boogie monsters at the bottom.” But no one on Dicken Mountain had heard of a fird, so Fird had to leave to find the answers he needed.

Fird does find monsters at the bottom of the mountain. They were Boogie Monsters, just as the Dickens had said. I do not want to give anything away, so I will just say that Fird and Snyder found a way to get past those boogie monsters and on their way. The boogies had never heard of a fird. Fird and Snyder ran into all sorts of creatures such as hyenants, shamels, blizzards, and girouses.*

fird after boogie (2)

It was not until they came upon a snooze that Fird and Snyder found trouble. The snoozes ran a lovely hotel that offered free lodging and food to any two-featured creature. Problem was the two-featured creatures never left.

I like Whoever Heard of a Fird. This has to be one of the most imaginative stories I have ever read. All of the creatures are two-featured and hilarious. The reason no one has ever heard of a fird is quite simple. It is a surprise none of these intelligent beings ever thought of it before Fird ran into the solution.fird snyder 2

What is nice about Whoever Heard of a Fird is the message, hidden in all the fun. What Fird finally learned was to be himself and accept himself. How Fird behaved and the things he did, was what a fird did. He had to learn not to follow the crowd or let it influenced him. Fird learned to make his own music and dance to the tune.

Fird learned not allow anyone to force groupthink upon him, even though that was exactly what he was looking for. Fird and Snyder Spider learned a lot that I doubt they will ever forget. Because the characters are so unique, all through the book, and the story unforgettable, I doubt I will ever forget those lessons.

fird boogiesThe illustrations are bizarrely fun. If you thought of what a fird (part fish, part bird) or a dicken (part dog, part chicken) must look, then you can imagine the unique illustrations. The entire book is colorful. Some of the pages are red, some blue. Others have a character filling all but the space of a line or two. The illustrations will have your eyes glued to the pages as they are turned.

For those who like a message in the books their children read, Whoever Heard of a Fird is a perfect book. Those that think a good story is the most important, will be happy with this book. Those who think a picture book, even one with chapters, must have excellent illustrations that tell the story, fird bertlewill love this book.

Most importantly, kids will love this book for the excellent story and the colorfully bright and imaginative illustrations, despite having a message. Whoever Heard of a Fird is a unique collaboration between author and artist. I am wishing for a second book. There must be some adventure waiting for a part fish, part bird creature with a spider pet/best friend.

The audio book is available FREE for a limited time. Go HERE!

*hyenant:  part hyena, part ant  ---  shamel: part sheep, part camel
*blizzard: part bird, part lizard ---  girouse; part giraffe, part mouse

Whoever Heard Of A Fird?

Author: Othello Bach    website   booksite
Illustrator: Shann Hurst    website
Publisher:  Othello Bach   TRAILER
Release Date:  October 10, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-47933318-9
Number of ages: 60 
Ages: 7 +

Copyright ©2012 by Othello Bach, used with permission
Illustrations: Copyright ©2012 by Shann Hurst
book donated to library courtesy of author & publisher
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9 thoughts on “#233 – – Whoever Heard of a Fird? by Othello Bach

  1. Pingback: Whoever Heard of a Fird? By Othello Bach « This Kid Reviews Books

  2. I want my own Fird. I don’t have a Fird, but I have four Dradogs. Very lovable creatures are my Dradogs.
    This book is very creative with wonderful illustrations.
    Thanks, Sue, for the great review, par usual.

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    • I cannot say that I remember the Fird or the Firffels, but I guess they had a big following and was suppose to be a Saturday morning cartoon. These characters would have been wonderful on a Saturday morning. I wonder what happened that it never came to pass?

      You and your crazy characters. Now you have a Draog? part dragon, part dog? This is definitely your kind of book. There is even bad two-feature creatures in this story.

      Here is a “no way!” for you. The illustrator is making his debut into children’s books with Fird and company.

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    • Welcome Anonymous, whoever you may be. Please sign in, I promise we won’t bite.
      Did your kids love this book or the original book? I guess the original books are so rare that one guy recently paid $300 to get one.

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    • I think the illustrations are SO much fun to look at. My cats would prefer to eat the pages, but I loved the characters and the story is pretty neat. Of course, with these kinds of creatures the “message” can only be love yourself and be yourself, forget the herd mentality. (I said herd not pack.). 🙂

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