Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2011 March #2 *Starred Review* A little yellow chick with a big round head is awoken from his bed with orders to "Wash your face!" and "Get dressed!" And for those directives and every one after, the chick has one answer: "I hear you cluckin', Big Chicken." But the little chick has no response when his mother says, "Stay close!" because he's already wandered off, following a butterfly. After several spirited go-arounds, the chick realizes something. "Big Chicken?" he asks with a panicked look. Not to worry. His mama has her eyes on him, and, in a delightful illustration, dances him around before taking him home. First it's storytime, then bedtime, then time for one final exchange: "I love you, Mama." "I hear you cluckin', Little Chicken." With minimal text, simple lines and shapings, and just the right amount of emotional heft, this book is perfect for the age group (and parents will love it, too). Though not a lot goes on, every bit of it is relevant to a child's day, and it's especially engaging when the activities are done by such appealing characters set against expanses of white and saturated pages of blue or green. Utterly simple and utterly adorable. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2011 February #2
Bold, confident visual storytelling characterizes this story of a parent-child relationship by film producer Jerry Davis and his wife, Katie (Kindergarten Rocks!). The first spread shows Big Chicken's enormous hand pushing the door of Little Chicken's bedroom open. "Rise 'n' shine!" she says to Little Chicken, whose bed is egg-shaped. "Wash your face!" she continues on the spread that shows a huge index finger wagging. "Brush your teeth! Get dressed!" "I hear you cluckin', big chicken," says Little Chicken meekly, dwarfed by its mother. She's got Betty Boop high heels and a handbagâ'40s nostalgiaâand she drags him out the door: "Follow me!" Despite her nagging, Little Chicken is very glad to see his Mama when he gets distracted by a butterfly and loses her. The text is sparse and the line drawings stripped down; the momentum comes from shots that play with proportion and perspective, and from the warmth and comfort that emanates from Big Chicken's huge body. "I love you, Mama," says Little Chicken, safe in bed, to which she replies, "I hear you cluckin', Little Chicken." Ages 1â4. (Apr.)
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School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2011 April
PreS-KâThis picture book follows Little Chicken through his day from the moment his mother wakes him from his egg-shaped bed until he is tucked in for the night. Big Chicken continually admonishes her youngster: "Rise 'n' shine!" "Wash your face!" "Buckle up!" "Follow me!" And he invariably replies, "I hear you cluckin', Big Chicken." But like any toddler easily distracted, a fluttering butterfly catches his eye long enough for him to lose his mother. The separation is brief and the reunion joyous as the two head home to a story and good-night kisses. Done in bold lines, simple shapes, and bright colors, the chunky poultry are set against unadorned, mainly white backgrounds, keeping the focus right on the characters' expressive faces and dancing limbs. Multiple perspectives move the action along and let readers know that this is indeed a big day for the little peeper. This look at a busy mom and preschooler perfectly echoes a child's experience.âMarge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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