Whoever Heard of a Fird? By Othello Bach

whoeverheardWhoever Heard of a Fird?

By Othello Bach

Illustrated by Shann Hurst

60 pages -ages 6+

Published by CreateSpace on October 6, 2012 (re-release of the book that was originally published in 1984).

Fird isn’t sure if he is firding right. You see, Fird is part fish, part bird, but no one has ever heard of a Fird, so they can’t help him (Fird was raised by a nest of Dickens (part dog, part chicken). Fird and his friend, Snyder Spider, set off to find a herd of Fird. They meet a lot of two feature creatures (like Shamels (part sheep, part camel),  Hyenants (part hyena, part ant) and Girouses (part giraffe, part mouse) but no Firds. Fird and Snyder travel far and wide on their journey to figure out how to fird correctly. They run into some friendly and some not so friendly two-feature creatures. Fird never gives up hope and one day he sees another Fird (part fish, part bird), but even though this Fird looks just like him the creature claims to be a Bish (part bird, part fish). The Bish tells Fird he’s a Bish too and Bishes really don’t do anything but bunch in bushes. Fird is not happy he is a Bish. Fird likes to sing and dance. He doesn’t want to just bunch in a bush,  but it seems that is what he is supposed to do. Will Fird ever figure out who he really is?

This book had a great message. After all that searching Fird finds out he already is who he is supposed to be and already acts the way he is supposed to act because he is himself and doesn’t need a herd to tell him what to be. The story is well written and is fun to read. There are a lot of words in the book and some harder words so I think it would have to be a read aloud for young kids. There is an audio book version of the book that my sister and I enjoyed listening to. The story has songs in it and on the CD they are sung by all the different characters, which is nice. The plot of the story was very unique (like all the different animal combinations). The illustrations were very detailed and it was nice how even the background colors changed from page to page. The two feature creature illustrations were cool (but I did find a couple a bit creepy, like the Snooze, but he was supposed to be creepy).

Snyder Spider is seriously cute –snyder

Five out of five bookworms for “Whoever Heard of a Fird?”! fivebooks

I first heard of a fird… ERR I mean this book on Sue Morris’ blog – Kid Lit Reviews. Check out her review HERE!

Check out the trailer!

To learn more about Ms. Bach, please visit her website HERE.

To learn more about the book, please visit the official website HERE.

Categories: Age 6-9

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25 replies

  1. Really sounds like fun, Erik! I love plays on words. A Fird? Must run that one by my granddaughter.

  2. I really like the sound of the message in this one. It is important to be who we are. But, honestly, the mixed up animals don’t appeal to me that much. The spider is cute, though!

  3. That sounds fantabulous Erik!!! (fantastic and fabulous)

  4. These illustrations must be lots of fun. Mom thinks I am part dog and part monkey. It’s because of my long monkey tail. Plus I get into mischief like a monkey.

    Love and licks,

  5. Fird is my kind of nerd! The music on the trailer makes me want to scream though!

  6. Everything about this books shouts FUN! Very clever. Loved the music and the trailer. Great gift for younger kids.

  7. I am so glad you enjoy Fird. The author told me she is super happy with your review!

    Erik, you have done a really good, no a fantastic! job with this book. I love your synopsis and the way you played the words. You keep surprising me. I think your talent rises every quarter.

    When an author asks me if I know of any good reviewers, I think of you. I have never worried or thought I’d regret that decision. Each time, you have gone above what I expected. Truth be know, sometimes your review is miles high better than mine. I like being able to send my readers to you for a “kid’s viewpoint” when we review the same book.

    Erik, you are one talented kid, but I bet you have heard that a lot!

  8. Clever title and concept and I LOVE the illustrations. I am glad e-books are allowing the republishing of many good out of print books.

  9. Sounds very creative, and that Snyder Spider sure is cute!!! 🙂

  10. This book sounds so good and I love the message! What a fun title. 🙂

  11. Your post reminded me of “Scranimals” the poetry book by Prelutsky and the amazing Peter Sis – have you read this picture book yet? Sounds like a perfect companion book to the one you just shared here. 🙂

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