Mark Teague (Author)


"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!

Product Details

$17.99  $16.55
Beach Lane Books
Publish Date
September 17, 2019
10.4 X 0.4 X 10.3 inches | 1.0 pounds
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About the Author

Mark Teague is the award-winning children's book author and illustrator of the bestselling Dear Mrs. LaRue series, as well as Fly!; The Sky Is Falling!; The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf; The Tree House That Jack Built by Bonnie Verburg; and many other humorous picture books. He also created the art for the How Do Dinosaurs... series. His illustrated novel, The Doom Machine, received excellent reviews. Mark lives in the Hudson River Valley with his wife and two daughters.


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.)--Publishers Weekly **STARRED REVIEW** "June 3, 2019 "