NOPE! A Tale of First Flight

Title: NOPE! A Tale of First Flight
Author: Drew Sheneman
Illustrator: Drew Sheneman
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: January 17, 2017
Genre/Format: Picture Book
Ages: 3-5


The time has come for Little Bird to take flight. What could be waiting for him out in the world? A snarling wildcat? Vicious wolves? Hungry crocodiles?! “Nope!” he proclaims. Leaving the nest is not an option. But Mama Bird’s kisses and cuddles—and a swift but encouraging kick out of the nest—help the tiny bird soar.

NOPE! is a quite literal “leaving the nest” story which may remind some parents of when their child first started school or spent their first night away from home. The relatability of this amusing story makes it perfect for multiple occasions – from back to school, graduations, Mother’s Day, and more.

Kids (and adults) who read NOPE! will be inspired to face their own fears and soar. This laugh-out-loud picture book also instills a timeless assertion – mama always knows best.

About the Author/Illustrator: Drew Sheneman
Drew Sheneman has been drawing professionally since 1998 and amateurishly since he could hold a crayon. He is a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist whose work appears in newspapers across the country through the Tribune Content Agency. He was the staff editorial cartoonist for New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger until 2010 and continues to draw for the newspaper on a weekly basis. He earned his BFA in illustration from Central Michigan University and has received a number of awards including the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists John Locher Award, the Charles Schulz Award, and two Deadline Club Awards. In addition to editorial cartooning, Drew’s clients include Hasbro and Dungeons and Dragons. Drew lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughter, and large collection of comic books. NOPE is his first book for children. To learn more, please visit

My Thoughts:
This nearly wordless picture book has been a wonderful addition to our home library. The illustrations are bright and colorful, and it’s so much fun listening to little ones put in their own words and reaction with the turn of each page.

NOPE! can be found at your local book retailer or online at stores like Amazon.


Samantha has been blogging for over 8 years and is a wife and homeschool mom of 4 from North Carolina.

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