We all have our bad days, right? Well, Chicken Little has had a bad year, ever since that silly acorn fell on his head and he thought the sky was falling in! Just when things are looking brighter for him (thanks to that all-American sport baseball), he's bopped in the head with a piece of the sky (which leads to aliens trying to take over the world!). Get to know Chicken Little, his family, friends, and members of his school, Oakey Oaks, through a 2-page spread on each person, complete with fact boxes of "likes and dislikes". The wildly talented animators at Disney do a successful job, even in still shots (shadows make such a difference and they use this tool to the fullest extent). The vibrancy of the colors and human-like expressions convincingly being conveyed by animals will be appreciated. Chicken Little appears to be a real chick, his feathers are so clearly defined (or at the least, a brand new stuffed animal that's never been touched at the toy store). Although it is completely unnecessary to have seen the movie before reading the book, it would also be thoroughly enjoyable for a reader who has seen the movie! A good choice for readers who are animation fans. Recommended. 2005, DK Publishing, Ages 5 to 8.
Cindy L. Carolan