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?
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.
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.
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.'
Don't mistake this book for a rif on Chicken Little. It's a story unto itself.
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.
7 to 9
3 to 8
Read by an 8-year-old girl.
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.