Chicks Run Wild

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When Mama Chick kisses her kids goodnight, she expects them to stay in bed, but those chicks...run...wild! They jump around and do cartwheels, until Mama comes in and says "You're all in trouble. But when she turns out the lights...they start a pillow fight! Finally, Mama gets them settled, but she's not ready for bed either!

Sudipta Bardhan's playful ryhme and not-quite-ready for bedtime attitude and Ward Jenkins' exuberant artwork will ...

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Overview

When Mama Chick kisses her kids goodnight, she expects them to stay in bed, but those chicks...run...wild! They jump around and do cartwheels, until Mama comes in and says "You're all in trouble. But when she turns out the lights...they start a pillow fight! Finally, Mama gets them settled, but she's not ready for bed either!

Sudipta Bardhan's playful ryhme and not-quite-ready for bedtime attitude and Ward Jenkins' exuberant artwork will delight both parents and kids!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The toddler chicks in this rowdy bedtime book think a good time consists of jumping on the bed, pillow fights, and cartwheels once their Mama closes the bedroom door. Each time Mama discovers the chicks' shenanigans, she settles them down and gives them "One more kiss for each dear child," but it's never long before they are back at it again. Jenkins's rambunctious, roly-poly chicks resemble fuzzy yellow Easter eggs, differentiated by patterned pajamas, a hair bow, and some Harry Potter glasses; all five chicks exude mischief when pretending to sleep, glee when misbehaving, and alarm when Mama finds them out. It's a great concept, though lumbering verse ("They begin a pillow fight/ in the middle of the night./ As the feathers fill the air.../ they see Mama standing there!") deflates some of the excitement. Luckily, Jenkins's artwork has enthusiasm to spare, and he has great fun with the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" ending that has the tired chicks begging Mama to go to sleep and has Mama running wild herself: by painting her toenails and watching a TV romance. Ages 2–6. (Jan.)
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Jenkins's artwork has enthusiasm to spare, and he has great fun with the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" ending that has the tired chicks begging Mama to go to sleep and has Mama running wild herself: by painting her toenails and watching a TV romance.

Publishers Weekly, November 1, 2010

Here is a bedtime story for all those tireless adults who would rather have their charges erupt from their beds to do a mad jig instead of peacefully drifting off to sleep. So make it a midday story, because it is a good bit of rollicking fun. . . . Jenkins takes the story at full throttle, too, with plenty of double-page spreads popping with energy and good cheer, and the characters are plain fun: The chicks look like they just stepped out of a chorus line of Peeps, while Mama might have been minted by the Looney Tune crowd. Her face when she catches the chicks faking sleep is a delight. - KIRKUS, November 15, 2010

The chicks are fluffy and appealing; Mama appears progressively more stern, as she looms larger in the doorway each time she must come back. Young listeners will quickly learn and want to repeat the refrain, set off in large type and curving above chicks jumping on the bed, somersaulting through the air, and whacking each other with pillows: “Those chicks run wild!” Grown-ups will enjoy the final scene, where “Mama runs wild,”painting her toenails red, having a cup of tea, and watching Gone with the Wing.
— Diane Foote
BOOKLIST, January 1, 2011

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Sometimes there's no way to get chicks to sleep except to wear them out. Mama Hen, gorgeous in her red-brown feathers and patterned purple robe, tries being sweet, firm, and finally threatening, but every time she closes their bedroom door, "those chicks run wild!" Five little chicks in pajamas somersault, leap, do cartwheels, throw pillows, feathers flying. What's a hen to do? Clever Mama joins the fun, teaching her chicks "how to prance / and how to do the chicken dance," till the exhausted little balls of fluff beg for bedtime. As they settle in their five identical beds with tan-checked covers, Mama tiptoes out. Surprise! Mama's ready for some fun herself—painting her toenails red, with chocolates and a mug of hot tea nearby, she's watching a DVD of Gone with the Wing. (Parents will relate!) Jenkins's horizontal double-page spreads extend the action in pencil drawings richly colored by computer. Inventive Mama, more than a match for her frantic offspring, is a remarkably expressive actress, too, especially when she glowers. Kids and adults can have fun checking out details like chicken art and book titles like "The Egg and I" and "On the Wings of Love." Bardhan-Quallen's rhyming text rolls smoothly along through the action to its satisfying climax and witty ending. While this lively picture book will make a great read-aloud, perhaps it's best not to present it at bedtime, lest wide-awake little chicks want to act it out. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Mama puts her five little chicks to bed, kisses them, and tucks them in. But once she leaves, it's party time. The noise from cartwheels and somersaults brings her back to warn her brood sternly that it's time to go back to bed. But once she closes the door, they're wreaking havoc in a pillow fight. This time Mama decides, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, and in the process she outfoxes her youngsters and tires them out. Finally, she gets some serious "me" time and settles down in the living room to give herself a pedicure while surrounded by books, movies, and a cup of tea. The text in this short rhyming story gets singsongy at times, but the pencil and digitally painted illustrations carry the folksy tale in an able fashion. An entertaining selection for bedtime, the book will also combine well in presentations with other funny chicken stories, such as Janet Morgan Stoeke's "Minerva Louise" series (Dutton).—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews

Here is a bedtime story for all those tireless adults who would rather have their charges erupt from their beds to do a mad jig instead of peacefully drifting off to sleep. So make it a midday story, because it is a good bit of rollicking fun. Five chicks are safely tucked in bed, "beneath the sheets. / 'Go to sleep now,' Mama tweets. / Mama kisses each dear child, / but when she leaves.../those chicks run wild!" The pleasant-enough, rhymed text is nothing out of the ordinary, but it admirably does the job of gathering momentum—the gentle revving of its engine, the shift up to cruising speed, then the pedal to the metal. Jenkins takes the story at full throttle, too, with plenty of double-page spreads popping with energy and good cheer, and the characters are plain fun: The chicks look like they just stepped out of a chorus line of Peeps, while Mama might have been minted by the Looney Tune crowd. Her face when she catches the chicks faking sleep is a delight. Like a shot of caffeine between covers, it makes for a bracing read-aloud. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442406735
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 627,127
  • Age range: 2 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan has written many picture books including Tightrope Poppy, the High-Wire Pig, illustrated by Sarah Dillard; The Hog Prince, illustrated by Jason Wolff; and Mine-o-saur, illustrated by David Clark. She lives in New Jersey with her three children. Visit her at www.sudipta.com.

Ward Jenkins is an illustrator and animator. His first picture book was How to Train with a T-Rex and Win Eight Gold Medals by Michael Phelps. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    love it

    My daughter was 2 when we borrowed this book from the library and she loved it so much we had to buy a copy. Her favorite part is when it says "those chicks run wild" and she always says it with me when I read it. Its a really cute book.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

    Great Book, Great Author.

    Fun with words. Sudipta has a way of intertwining words that kids may not know into her rhymes and stories. Kids may not know but be able to guess or infer its meaning. All her stories have a moral. Love them all.

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