Shirley Hughes is beloved for her children's books, but the bestselling author has recently published her first graphic novel - for adults. Bye Bye Birdie is a scream; I was chuckling all through it. It's a completely wordless story about a man who sees an attractively dressed woman on the street, follows her, courts her and marries her. She seems shy and demure, hiding behind her thick muff, with her feathered hat pulled low. But when the couple gets home and she reveals her hidden beak, the man turns and runs. And runs. But if you know your Hitchcock, you know there's nothing like a scorned bird. Will the man be able to escape her claws, and still keep his hat on?
The energetic illustrations are just wonderful in this surreal, madcap story. Older kids will get a laugh out of it as well.