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Lulu the Big Little Chick

Lulu the Big Little Chick

4.7 18
by Paulette Bogan

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Lulu the little chicken is sick of being told she's too little to do things...so she decides to run away where no one will tell her what to do. And when the horse, and sheep and cow and everyone seem to get in her way, it only makes her more determined. But when she finally gets far far away, what happens when a loud crow scares her? Next time, she'll take her


Lulu the little chicken is sick of being told she's too little to do things...so she decides to run away where no one will tell her what to do. And when the horse, and sheep and cow and everyone seem to get in her way, it only makes her more determined. But when she finally gets far far away, what happens when a loud crow scares her? Next time, she'll take her momma with her!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Summer Whiting
Lulu is tired of being the littlest chick around. She is too little to climb fences. She is too little to lay eggs. She is even too little to play in the cornfield. Momma tells her she is so little she must always stay close by. Lulu decides otherwise and heads off to find adventure! First she visits the piglets but that trip is cut short when she is splattered with mud. In her attempt to go far, far away, she joins the sheep in the pen. Because of Lulu's little size, the sheep almost squish her with just one step. She continues on her journey and looks up to find a big brown horse staring back at her. He almost gobbles her up with the grass. She continues to travel and runs smack into the biggest cow she has ever laid eyes on. She informs him she is going far, far away. He is not impressed. He knows she is too little to travel all alone. Finally Lulu arrives at the edge of the farm. The pigs are nowhere to be found. There is not one horse in sight. She cannot even hear the bleating sheep. Suddenly she hears the obnoxious call of the crow. His claws come closer and closer when all at once, Lulu's mother swoops her into her wings. Lulu is elated to be reunited with her loving mother. She decides she does not belong in a place far, far away, but near her mother after all. Reviewer: Summer Whiting
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Fed up with the restrictions that come with being so small, Lulu decides to leave the farm. With her pink purse and striped scarf, she passes the pigs, where she is quickly splashed with mud. She ventures on, entering the sheep pen. Her journey continues as she meets a horse and a cow, her anxiety growing with each encounter. Once the little chick finally reaches "far, far away," she is paralyzed with fear and mother hen swoops in. It becomes apparent that far away was never beyond mother's watchful eye. Just as in the author's Goodnight Lulu (Bloomsbury, 2003), large and bright watercolor-and-ink illustrations fill the pages, making this a great choice for group sharing. Small details abound and encourage a closer look at the background. Team this up with Margaret Wise Brown's The Runaway Bunny (HarperCollins, 1942) and Harry Horse's Little Rabbit Runaway (Peachtree, 2005) for a storytime on fleeing youngsters.—Laura Butler, Mount Laurel Library, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Little chick Lulu hopes to fly the coop, seeking independence from her loving mother. With her striped scarf flung across her neck and her pink handbag nestled under her wing, Lulu travels across the farm. "I am going far, far away," Lulu declares to every imposing animal she meets, though her watchful mother guides her path. Caked with mud and almost squashed, Lulu's courage wavers when a giant shadow looms near. The stocky cartoon characters enhance this familiar narrative's reassuring message, and bright, rich colors suit the gentle dynamics. With her impressive creamy feathers and scrawny webbed feet, Lulu is one lovable fowl. Curved lines convey the warm backdrop, and varied expressions enhance the barnyard menagerie's humorous interactions. The mischievous swine duo, originally featured in Goodnight Lulu (2003), return to follow Lulu's every move; barely hidden, they peer behind grass and dangle under sheep, providing comic relief. Vibrant watercolor-and-ink double-page spreads seamlessly blend shades to create a natural gleam. This comic feature clucks in with a vengeance. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

Bloomsbury USA
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Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Paulette Bogan is the author of another Lulu story, Goodnight Lulu, which was a Scholastic selection and Momma's Magical Purse. She is the illustrator of Chicks and Salsa and Buffalo Wings. Her three daughters, including the youngest, for whom Lulu was named, are a constant inspiration for her stories.

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Lulu the Big Little Chick 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Filled with comical illustrations that bring smiles and a story that teaches a valuable lesson there's a lot to like about LULU THE BIG LITTLE CHICK. Author/illustrator Bogan fills pages with bold whimsical illustrations that capture and hold young eyes, such as smiling hens happy in their hen house reading a book and knitting. More farm animals include docile, furry sheep in need of shearing, pudgy pink pigs, and an outsize cow. Very much like other youngsters Lulu doesn't like being the littlest chick on the farm. She doesn't like being told all the thing she cannot do because she's so small - she cannot lay eggs, she cannot climb the big fence, she cannot play in the cornfield. All of that was difficult for her to take. However when Momma said, "Lulu, you are too little to go very far from me...," Lulu decided that wasn't true and she was going "far, far away." Little did she know where "far, far away" was or what she might find there. Youngsters will be surprised by her adventures and undoubtedly realize along with Lulu that home is the best place to be. Highly recommended to remind young ones that they will grow in time and go to other places but meanwhile it's best to stay safe at home. - Gail Cooke
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We were taken at first by the wonderful ilustrations; such great colors! By the time my kids and I had finnished the first reading we had fallen in love with Lulu.
SJH_the_great More than 1 year ago
The book Lulu the BIG Little Chick was an outstanding book to read. It was so cute and funny. The last lines of the book were the best lines possible. That author rocks at writing books, she has so many wonderful books to read that make me smile every time I read them!
Erika-inMilwaukee More than 1 year ago
Our family is so glad Lulu and Momma are back. What a great story about exploring the world around you (but not too far of course). And as usual, the illustrations are amazing and hilarious. My daughter and I like to find the goofy things in the background too. We want more Lulu!
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Jake_Hamilton More than 1 year ago
This book made me very happy. This book is for all ages full of an adventure with a little chick takes you on an emotional adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Lulu the Big Little Chick. Enjoyed all Paulette's animal illustrations and vibrant colors. My granddaughter, who is 4 1/2, loves Lulu's adventures and I can't wait to read this to her. Great job Paulette!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Lu Lu ventures off the farm it is Momma who is only a wing away. Kids love the heart warming story and enjoy seeing their familiar Paulette Bogan pig friends peeking around every corner of the farm. Lu Lu learns that when she runs away next time, it's best to take Momma with her! The illustrations are bold and beautiful, you'll want to frame every page for your child's reading corner!
krs1 More than 1 year ago
I loved the story and the fantastic pictures. My favorite part was the pigs that seemed to find their way onto every page. I look forward to reading this to my nephew.
ginny_yayy More than 1 year ago
Paulette Bogan does it again! Lulu The Big Little Chick takes the reader on a funny adventure of a little chick who wants to grow up to fast, but always finds her way back home to her mommy. This book is great to share with your whole family. I highly recommend it.
ChickenLover More than 1 year ago
Lulu the big little Chick is a really fun story to read. Mama and Lulu were just as cute as they were in Goodnight Lulu. The drawings were bright and made you laugh or feel bad for Lulu. I especially liked the pages with the pigs. This book is great for all kids because its easy to understand and the illustrations follow the story very well.
arteacher More than 1 year ago
5 stars for Lulu the BIG Little Chick! The characters and theme of this story are truly brought to life on every page with very colorful and fun illustrations that is sure to bring joy to anyone who reads it! These animals are adorable and are a great teaching tool for parents and teachers who are looking for humorous ways to really connect with children. Lulu the Big Little Chick is an all-around terrific book for children, parents, caregivers and educators. i strongly recommend pairing it with Paulette Bogan's Goodnight Lulu. This is one of those books that will make you go "Awhhh!" I can't wait to see what Lulu will do next!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Lulu the Big Little Chick" reminds me of my own childhood! The author humorously tells the tale of a little chick's early attempt at independence. Lulu, her momma, and the whole cast of characters are familiar and lovable. Colorful, funny, and always surprising illustrations, engage young readers. I have been recommending Paulette Bogan's books to early childhood teachers for years. She is among the few author/illustrators who provide inspiration for both beginning writers and aspiring artists. "Lulu the Big Little Chick" and "Goodnight Lulu" are the perfect additions to your child's library and your child's pre-k through second grade classroom libraries. Could "Lulu the big Little Chick" be the second installment in a wonderful new series? Let's hope so! This author/illustrator also does school visits. She is just as colorful and humorous as the books she writes! Check out her website for more info paulettebogan.com. NYC Public School Teacher
Glantzman More than 1 year ago
My boys love Lulu! They were very excited to see what Lulu would get herself into this time. Both my children can identify with the story and often feel just like her. Along with the colorful illustrations, one of our favorite parts about the Lulu books are... Momma where's that mouse?
HunterOhhh More than 1 year ago
This book was an adorable Childrens book. The vibrant colors and amazing drawings really made the story interesting, along with the great story line. It makes the life lesson very humorous, and most children can relate to it. I know for a fact, I can.
josephine1000 More than 1 year ago
All of my children love this book and so do I. The story inparts a lesson in a humorus way that lends itself to being read again and again. The illustrations really bring the story to life. We're big fans!
Kathy04 More than 1 year ago
When reading Lulu books, you immediately recognize the childhood moments our own children have had; and maybe we ourselves have had. Though, I will warn you, as parents, you do hope you are or have been as patient and thoughtful as Lulu's mother. In this adventure, Lulu wants to be "big" yet finds out what she really wants is her mom around. O.K., it hits home with all of us. Like in the first adventure Mom is a hero and she makes each of us feel safe. Moms, after the book is read, be ready for a cozy, cuddling bedtime. You're gonna love it! Lots of Lulu books will be under our families' Christmas trees.