My Name Isn't Oof!: Warren the Warbler Takes Flight

My Name Isn't Oof!: Warren the Warbler Takes Flight


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A sweet and humorous story about a young bird who is ready to leave the nest, but, unlike his siblings, can't quite get the knack of flying. My Name Isn't Oof! has a positive message about not giving up!

Meet Warren, a fledgling whose first attempt to fly lands him on the ground with a resounding oof! He's soon joined by curious four-legged forest animals who gather to give him tips on flying, though they've never flown themselves. As they go through the motions with humorous results, Warren gets inspired to give flying another try. With the help of his new friends will he succeed to soar?

In addition to the delightful narrative, there is back matter that introduces young readers to Warren's species, the Townsend's warbler, and shares what to do if you find a young bird on the ground.

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From the Publisher

"An entertaining offering for the nature shelf and preschool storytime."—Kirkus Reviews

"The elegantly simple text rolls off the tongue as the story builds momentum towards Warren taking flight. Painted illustrations with a canvas texture match the rustic nature of this book with lovely forest greens and natural, inviting colors—you can almost hear Warren’s warbles through the visuals of his open beak.  The factual back matter on Townsend Warblers and baby birds is a pleasant bonus."—The Children's Book Review

"A cute story of perseverance with some hilarious physical comedy, My Name Isn’t Oof! will have younger readers giggling during a read-aloud"—Mom Read It

School Library Journal


PreS-Gr 2-Warren the warbler sees his siblings learning to fly and he too leaps off a branch and attempts to fly. When he is unsuccessful and falls on the ground, disappointed and frustrated, a cast of woodland creatures appears to cheer him on. A squirrel, a rabbit, and a skunk, among others, talk Warren through the steps to a successful flight. At the end of the story, there is a section with information about the Townsend's Warbler and what to do if you find a baby bird. The story has a silly and cute aspect to it, as all the animals think Warren's name is Oof. This playfulness continues as the animals, despite being unable to fly themselves, offer flying advice. The text itself repeats and builds, with Warren accumulating the tips each animal provides on every subsequent page, demonstrating a trick for children to remember lists of things and an opportunity to interact and participate in a read-aloud by recalling all the animal's advice. The illustrations are whimsical and pretty, giving great detail to the critters in the forest. The vocabulary and alliteration throughout could be challenging for some readers, but also boosts the fun. VERDICT This is a cute story with a message of perseverance and teamwork, and a good informational text suitable for budding nature lovers.-Kaitlin Malixi, Kensington Health Sciences Academy, Philadelphia

Kirkus Reviews


After an unsuccessful first attempt, a fledgling warbler learns to fly.

When a young Townsend's warbler makes his first attempt at flight, he falls with an "OOF!" Happily, the talking animals who encounter him help him figure out the necessary technique. Galligan's debut picture book offers an amusing story with an unstated but clear if-at-first-you-don't-succeed lesson. His fable is based on actual fledgling behavior; the aftermatter offers sensible suggestions to would-be bird rescuers. The opening line promises Seussian verse: "At the edge of a nest, on the brink of a branch, / wobbled a warbler named Warren." What follows is more prosaic. Still, there are grand action verbs: "A chipmunk bounced"; a "mouse skittered"; a "squirrel skipped"; a "rabbit hopped"; and a "skunk waddled." Each time one animal tries to tell the next what has happened, there's a collision. Lively and full of slapstick, this could inspire active imitation in preschool listeners. Cheerful oil paintings showing cartoonlike but perfectly identifiable animals add to the humor and good feeling. At one point, the skunk sympathetically gathers the bruised and frightened fledgling and a chipmunk in its arms. Backmatter also includes more about hatchlings, nestlings, and fledglings as well as this particular warbler species, native to the Pacific Northwest (shown in an actual photograph).

An entertaining offering for the nature shelf and preschool storytime. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632171931
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 05/21/2019
Series: Warren the Warbler Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 797,607
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD570L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

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