Owen's Marshmallow Chick

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"My favorite," said Owen when he saw the marshmallow chick.

"My favorite," you will say when you read this book.

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Overview

"My favorite," said Owen when he saw the marshmallow chick.

"My favorite," you will say when you read this book.

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Owen is delighted! His Easter basket is full of sweet treats. Jelly beans, gumdrops, buttercream eggs, a big chocolate bunny, and a little marshmallow chick. He happily gobbles each treat one by one and chews with a mouth full of yumminess. Standing tall in his purple plaid pants and baby-blue shirt, Owen proudly proclaims each sweet "my favorite." When Owen reaches for the last Easter treat, he takes a moment to really look at it. The marshmallow chick is the same color as his favorite yellow blanket. Instead of gobbling the sweet confection, Owen happily plays with the chick all day. At bedtime, he places it on his toy shelf and kisses it goodnight, saying, "My favorite."

The renowned Kevin Henkes fills this charming board book with springtime pastels, simple text, and much love. Watching Owen celebrate the splendor of his delicious treats is pure joy. Henkes excels at creating adorable illustrations with no fuss. Owen's sheer delight in his treats will inspire genuine smiles. His sincere affection for the sugary chick is a delightful surprise -- and another sweet stroke of genius from the talented Henkes. (Amy Barkat)

Children's Literature
Oh what joy it is Easter morning and Owen's basket is full. He can't wait to start enjoying all of the goodies. Among his favorites are the jellybeans, which he promptly devours, then the gumdrops, next the butter cream eggs and another favorite, the chocolate bunny. There is only one item left, a yellow marshmallow chick that looks just like his fuzzy yellow blanket. Owen plays with his chick all day and when evening comes, he puts it on his shelf with a sweet kiss goodnight. After all, it really is his favorite Easter treat. A tasty little board book that little ones will savor. 2001, Greenwillow/HarperCollins, $6.95. Ages 6 mo. to 3. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-K-The little mouse is back in this charming board book. Owen cannot resist any of the goodies in his Easter basket except for the yellow marshmallow chick, which happens to be the same color and texture as his cherished blanket. Instead of eating it, he plays with it, smiles at it, and finally puts it on his shelf and kisses it good night. Henkes has kept the text short, simple, and rich. His illustrations are also simple, uncluttered yet full of winsome expression. A sweet friendship story for toddlers and preschoolers.-Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's Easter morning and Owen, the endearingly silly mouse, and his yellow blanket are back. Owen is jumping for joy at the sight of his basket overflowing with traditional Easter goodies. Each jelly-bean-colored page describes the sweets as Owen announces, "My favorite," to each and every treat, before happily devouring the snack. From the buttercream eggs to the chocolate bunny, Owen enjoys them all equally until he comes to the last confection: the marshmallow chick, which, it turns out, is the exact same color as Owen's fuzzy yellow blanket. Too special to be eaten, Owen enjoys the marshmallow chick in an entirely different way, playing with it all morning, afternoon, and up until bedtime. This board book is the perfect fare for those who love Owen the mouse or those who just have a sweet tooth in need of satisfaction. Henkes's (Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick, p. 863, etc.) ebulliently illustrated mice never fail to please. This little work is begging to be nestled among the pastel grasses of any Easter basket, but it does one better than any chocolate rabbit: it can be enjoyed over and over again. (Board book. 1-3)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060010126
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 124,471
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Henkes

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels—one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of close to fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten's First Full Moon in 2005. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly's Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song (2012); her story continued in Penny and Her Doll and Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book). Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, "It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius." Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels—one for his newest novel for young readers, The Year of Billy Miller, and the other for Olive's Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. He lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

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    1. Hometown:
      Madison, Wisconsin
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 27, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Racine, Wisconsin
    1. Education:
      University of Wisconsin, Madison
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