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Chicken Little
     

Chicken Little

4.5 2
by Rebecca Emberley, Ed Emberley (Illustrator)
 

BONK! An award-winning father-daughter team make the sky fall an entirely new way.
You may already know the tale of a not-quite-so-bright little chicken whose encounter with an acorn and gravity convinces him the sky is falling, but youÕve never seen the story told this way. A brilliant collaboration brings us a bold and colorful retelling of the classic

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BONK! An award-winning father-daughter team make the sky fall an entirely new way.
You may already know the tale of a not-quite-so-bright little chicken whose encounter with an acorn and gravity convinces him the sky is falling, but youÕve never seen the story told this way. A brilliant collaboration brings us a bold and colorful retelling of the classic tale, as crazy-eyed Chicken and all his panicked friends run away from the sky and right into an eye-catching gatefold surprise.

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“Plan ahead. That's what one ditzy chick does not do in this riotously funny update of an old favorite. News that the sky is falling still precipitates panicky foolishness. But there's a better outcome for feathered friends.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“It's the dynamic illustrations and book design, however, that are the real feathers in this creative team's cap. Large, boldly colored birds flap across spacious white pages; their oversize, mesmerizingly multicolored eyes telegraph anxiety and instability. ” —Horn Book

“The Emberleys offer what looks like cut-paper animals in well-defined shapes and eye-popping shades and set them against solid backgrounds of such pure color they seem to fly off the page. ” —Starred, Booklist

“This is certain to become a favorite version of this story, and young readers will gleefully welcome an ending that offers no pedantic lesson on jumping to conclusions or following the masses but turns, rather, on the luck of a sneeze at just the right moment. ” —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“The pithy plot and magnetic illustrations will attract younger readers; the sassy storytelling and quirky humor will appeal to all ages. ” —Starred, School Library Journal

“An old chestnut of a tale comes to rip-roaringly glorious, hilarious, gorgeous life in the hands of two picture-book masters . . . this title is bound to become the favored version for children and adults alike.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“The classic tale of Chicken Little gets a hilarious makeover in the second title, thanks to veteran father-and-daughter team Ed and Rebecca Emberley.” —Shelf Awareness

Publishers Weekly

There's a dash of snarkiness in the father-and-daughter Emberleys' version of the familiar fable, but it's to good purpose. By wryly emphasizing that Chicken Little and his clueless compatriots have "no plan" beyond hysterically running and crashing into one another ("Honestly, with names like these, is it any wonder?" the narrator asks after introducing Loosey Goosey), readers can indulge in a healthy feeling of superiority. The Emberleys add a twist at the end, which receives full play on a foldout spread-unfortunately, the illustrations here don't track (the fowl, supposedly inside a fox's mouth, are prematurely shown outside it). The eye-popping colors and handcrafted shapes reflect the aesthetic that Rebecca Emberley has employed successfully elsewhere (see My Big Book of Spanish Words , for example), and the addition of "Bonk!" "Ack!" and other cartoony interjections heightens the silliness. However, the comic chaos that drives the story has infected the composition. Instead of savoring the action, readers may find that their eyes skid across the pages. Ages 3-7. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Erika Clark
‘"Oh my goodness, oh my gracious!' he exclaimed. ‘The sky is falling! The sky is falling! I must run for my life!' He grabbed his umbrella to protect his scrambled noggin and ran out into the world without much of a plan." Without giving much thought on how to solve an unfamiliar problem, Chicken Little panics and quickly reacts. This naive bird's response to Mother Nature's surprises creates a domino effect on the other characters, resulting in a greater catastrophe. Henny Penny, Lucky Ducky, Loosey Goosey, and Turkey Lurky all choose to make the wrong decisions and follow Chicken Little to an unexpected dead end. Readers will learn how immediately reacting to new situations and imitating the actions of others are not always the brightest qualities in a leader. Using a circular style plot, the authors demonstrate that it is always wise to think and develop a plan before carrying out an action. With comical and colorful text, every page will be an enlightening experience for any young reader. Reviewer: Erika Clark
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

The Emberleys' interpretation of this oft-told tale explodes with concentrated color in ingeniously simple and wickedly wacky collage shapes. Chicken Little is adorable, a super-bright yellow cutie pie with huge, three-colored eyes and a punklike crest. With a "BONK!" and an "EEP!," he is knocked senseless by an acorn that's almost half his size, and his eyeballs are replaced by stars. The umbrella he grabs "to protect his scrambled noggin" is an umbrella-shaped piece of sky, and the white clouds on the intense blue melt into the white page backgrounds. More "BONK!"s and "AWK!"s follow as C.L. caroms off Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Loosey Goosey, and a gorgeously colorful Turkey Lurky. The sound effects and the snippy, deliciously snide narration complement the pictures perfectly. When the birds enter the "warm, dark cave" into which the fox has invited them (his mouth), the hen squawks, "'Pheeeeew! It stinks in here.' 'And the floor is squishy and wet!' quacked the duck." These words appear in white on a jet-black spread, altered only by several vivid pairs of perplexed eyes. In the foldout page that follows, readers see the creatures' miraculous escape. The pithy plot and magnetic illustrations will attract younger readers; the sassy storytelling and quirky humor will appeal to all ages.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY

Kirkus Reviews
An old chestnut of a tale comes to rip-roaringly glorious, hilarious, gorgeous life in the hands of two picture-book masters. When Chicken Little is knocked senseless by a well-placed acorn, the only thing to do is to grab an umbrella to "protect his scrambled noggin" and head for the hills sans plan. In his travels he is joined by Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Loosey Goosey and a host of other mindless fowl. Clever Foxy Loxy momentarily tricks the group into "hiding" from the falling sky in his mouth, but an ill-timed sneeze releases them and, when last seen, backside-to over Foxy Loxy's ears on the colophon, the bird brains are beating a hasty retreat. Emberley fille 's dry wit ("Still no plan") acts as the perfect complement to Emberley pere's art, which leaps off the page, mixing colors with crazed combinations that provide the perfect balance between text and image. Ideal for reading aloud and as a visual stimulant, this title is bound to become the favored version for children and adults alike. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596434646
Publisher:
Roaring Brook Press
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Pages:
34
Sales rank:
427,014
Product dimensions:
10.34(w) x 10.22(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
AD500L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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Meet the Author

Caldecott-Medalist for DRUMMER HOFF and creator of many bestselling books including how to draw series, ED EMBERLEY lives with his wife in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
REBECCA EMBERLEY has created more than 40 books for children, including a number of highly successful bilingual books. She lives in Kittery, Maine.

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Chicken Little 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sweetonbooks More than 1 year ago
This modern take on Chicken Little is sure to delight and amuse every reader, children and adults alike! Chicken Little is especially adorable in this edition, and as ditzy as ever. I am tempted to say that the illustrations are the stars here, but the retold tale is just as clever. The illustrations, done in collage style, have colors that are vivid and bright. The illustrations play an equally important role to the text in this book. The story is written in a humorous and wry style. When Loosey Goosey joins Chicken Little, Henny Penny, and Lucky Ducky on their madcap escapade, the narrator reminds us they still have no plan, but, "honestly, with names like these, is it any wonder?" This is funny stuff! The surprise twist at the end, unique to this retelling, is what makes this a perfect story for a read -aloud. But it is quite a romp, so not before bed or you won't get your little one to sleep!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago