Winner of the 2012 Trailee Award!
“I hear you cluckin’, Big Chicken!” That’s the simple refrain that Little Chicken repeats to his mama throughout a typical day. But Little Chicken can be distractable . . . and when he wanders off and gets lost, the day becomes anything but typical. With subtlety and humor, this sweet little story sweeps through a wide range emotions using the simplest of language.
From husband and wife team Katie and Jerry Davis, this is a little book with a huge heart. The perfectly minimal illustrations and spare text belie the enormous message at its core: that with family, help is always just a cluck away.
Booklist (starred review): “A yellow chick with a big round head is awoken from his bed with orders to “Wash your face!” and “Get dressed!” And for those directives and every one after, the chick has one answer: “I hear you cluckin’, Big Chicken.” But the little chick has no response when his mother says, “Stay close!” because he’s already wandered off, following a butterfly. After several spirited go-arounds, the chick realizes something. “Big Chicken?” he asks with a panicked look. Not to worry. His mama has her eyes on him, and, in a delightful illustration, dances him around before taking him home. First it’s storytime, then bedtime, then time for one final exchange: “I love you, Mama.” “I hear you cluckin’, Little Chicken.” With minimal text, simple lines and shapings, and just the right amount of emotional heft, this book is perfect for the age group (and parents will love it, too). Though not a lot goes on, every bit of it is relevant to a child’s day, and it’s especially engaging when the activities are done by such appealing characters set against expanses of white and saturated pages of blue or green. Utterly simple and utterly adorable.” Publisher¬¬’s Weekly: “Bold, confident visual storytelling…”
Great Online Reviews
4/20/11 1:11 PM
Just read Little Chicken’s Big Day to 6th grade-all agreed it is wonderful! Best toddler book of spring! Congratulations to @KatieDavisBurps
@MrSchuReads: I’ve given 5 stars to 41 of 879 books I’ve read this year. This is one of them: http://tinyurl.com/3ujzz5l