Chicken Chuck

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Chicken Chuck eats a big blue seed, and a blue feather sprouts magically in the middle of his forehead. It grows bigger and bigger and bigger. The other animals in the barnyard are envious. Can they sprout blue feathers too? A trip to the circus holds the answer when they meet a monkey who shows them a whole box of blue feathers. Now all of the barnyard animals wear a feather on their head.

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Overview

Chicken Chuck eats a big blue seed, and a blue feather sprouts magically in the middle of his forehead. It grows bigger and bigger and bigger. The other animals in the barnyard are envious. Can they sprout blue feathers too? A trip to the circus holds the answer when they meet a monkey who shows them a whole box of blue feathers. Now all of the barnyard animals wear a feather on their head.

Chicken Chuck the rooster, who has set himself up as boss of the barnyard by virtue of the special blue feather in the middle of his forehead, finds his authority undermined by a circus horse with two blue feathers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
One of Bill Martin's (Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) lesser efforts, this incoherent tale features a rooster named Chuck who swallows a blue seed one day and sprouts a blue feather in the middle of his forehead. He proclaims himself the barnyard boss, but soon his flunkies spy a poster of a circus horse with two blue feathers on his head. A fact-finding junket to the circus ensues, with much mayhem when an allergic monkey yanks out Chuck's special plume then sends the animals home with a whole box of blue feathers--one for everyone. Chuck's one-upmanship (he wears two feathers) and his continued search for another blue seed at the book's end, however, muddy whatever message the authors are trying to send. It's even unclear why the animals would want a blue feather in the first place. Martin teams up with his brother, Bernard, for this overwrought story, and his usual wordplay goes missing. First-time illustrator Salerno's mixed media drawings with perkily scrawled outlines give a nod to '50s illustrations, but these are overshadowed by glittering foil overlays and blue type treatment wherever the phrases "blue seed" and "blue feather" appear. The glitzy cover hologram belies a dull tale. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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PreS-Gr 2-Chicken Chuck ingests a blue seed that causes a glittery blue feather to sprout from his forehead. The other barnyard animals want one, too, but no one else finds a similar seed. Chuck's power trip is sidelined when the circus comes to town and a poster shows a beautiful white horse with two blue feathers. Chicken Chuck storms off to the circus to find him, only to lose his own feather. A monkey reveals the horse's secret and bestows upon Chuck and his friends special tie-on blue feathers. The barnyard becomes "a mass of bobbing feathers," with Chicken Chuck asserting his individuality by wearing two. "He hopes some day he'll find another blue seed-. This is a good read-aloud for children who can appreciate a longer story and who can discuss being different. What really makes this book, however, is the art. The hologramlike cover, with its silver, foil-like background, beckons youngsters. The blue feather is decorated with silver filigree, a leitmotiv repeated to the endpapers. The retro-looking mixed-media illustrations are reminiscent of fanciful 1950s designs. The same page may include dazzling color images along with soft-black charcoal outlines. The former highlight the plot action while the latter accent the pastoral setting. Every page is a whimsical visual treat.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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One of the prolific Martin's more surreal episodes, first published in 1946, earns a reissue with dandy new illustrations and packaging. After Chicken Chuck eats a blue seed, a like-colored plume sprouts from his forehead, prompting him to lord it over the other barnyard residents. Enter a challenge, in the form of a circus poster depicting a horse with two blue feathers. Chuck and the animals rush off to see, meeting instead a monkey with a feather allergy who plucks out Chuck's pride and joy, then invites everyone to carry off the circus's entire supply of blue feathers. Salerno paints large figures, using sweeping, emphatic brushstrokes and bright, clear colors—his palette enhanced by curls of shimmering silver on Chuck's seed and feather that are presaged on the cover by a huge, blinding wash of holographic flash. In the end Chuck and the animals, all of whom have names like Necky the Goose and Butterfat Cow, parade about with feathers tied to their heads. The story's absurdities may draw some chuckles, but children are likely to be far more dazzled by the illustrations; it's a spectacular debut for Salerno. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761452164
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 11.18 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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