Chicken Big

Summary:

The farm may be little, his mom may be little, but whatever came out of that egg is really big. So big, that the hens are convinced it's not a chick. Maybe an elephant? a squirrel? a sweater? a hippopotamus? a hero?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Cute illustrations and plenty of visual humor make this a fun read to share with preschoolers. There is lots of dialogue, too, which make it a good selection for partner reading.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really.


Little Kid Reaction

Not only did our daughter like the story, she loved reading (and rereading) the back cover. She especially liked showing us the "shortcut" to the story.

Parent Reaction

This is predictable, but clever all the same. Some of the other fowl were cuter than Chicken Big (the haircut looks silly!) I love how the pages are set up, offering a traditional picture book layout, but also adding a graphic novel format. That got our daughter reading what she probably would have otherwise considered a 'baby book.'

Type of Book:
Don't mistake this book for a rif on Chicken Little. It's a story unto itself.
Educational Themes:

This is a picture book that is built to read just for the fun of sharing a story. That said, you can talk about what happens when you judge (or misjudge) others, friendship, and community.

Reading Level:
2.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. Odds are if you read this once, you'll read it a lot. Because of the dialogue and repetition it has potential to be a book new readers come back to to read for themselves.

Title Chicken Big
Author Keith Graves
Publisher Chronicle Books © 2010
Illustrators Keith Graves
ISBN 9780811872379
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.99
Genres Animal Character, Humor
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