This is a classic nursery tale retold with a twist at the end. The artist has previously illustrated "There's a Gorilla".
School Library Journal - School Library JournalPreS-K-- This is not the folktale readers might expect. Poster-bright stylized illustrations provide action for this version of the flight of the frenzied hen and her friends--Cocky Locky, Ducky Lucky, et. al. However, in this telling, after being misled by Foxy Loxy, Henny Penny cries, `` `It's a trap! Run!' '' Then she wakes up trembling and realizes she's been dreaming the whole thing. ``But just then an acorn fell . . . .'' The repetitive language and familiar outcome of Paul Galdone's Henny Penny (Clarion, 1979) or Anne Rockwell's ``Henny-Penny'' in The Three Bears and 15 Other Stories (Crowell, 1975) are more in the folklore tradition. This nonviolent adventure may be an acceptable variation for those who cringe at the idea of a fowl feast for the fox, but children may not grasp the irony of the cyclical ending. The simple drawings humorously convey the frantic fleeing of the egg-eyed birds, increasing the preposterousness of their needless panic and the cunning trickery of Foxy Loxy. --Virginia Opocensky, formerly at Lincoln City Libraries, NB
- Lincoln, Frances Limited
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