60 Pages Ages: 7+
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.
Fird 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.*
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.
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.
The 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, will 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.
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*hyenant: part hyena, part ant --- shamel: part sheep, part camel *blizzard: part bird, part lizard --- girouse; part giraffe, part mouse
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