Peggy: A Brave Chicken on a Big Adventure

By: Anna Walker

Peggy, a chicken, lives in a small house on a quiet street. Then one blustery day, a big gust of wind sweeps down, “scooping up leaves, twigs and . . . Peggy!” Full-color ink and photo-collage illustrations.

ISBN: 9780544259003

JLG Release: May 2014


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Chickens , Adventure and adventurers , City and town life , Pigeons

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Awards & Honors

BuzzFeed 2014 Best Books, Picture Book

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Peggy the hen likes her routine. When a windstorm blows her out of her decorative suburban chicken coop, she has to adjust to the unfamiliar sights and sounds of a busy city. She tries on shoes, eats popcorn at the movie theater, and makes a cozy nest in a furniture store. Although she isn’t able to communicate wi
[STARRED REVIEW]
Peggy the hen likes her routine. When a windstorm blows her out of her decorative suburban chicken coop, she has to adjust to the unfamiliar sights and sounds of a busy city. She tries on shoes, eats popcorn at the movie theater, and makes a cozy nest in a furniture store. Although she isn’t able to communicate with anyone in the crowds, Peggy eventually finds her way back home by following the trail of a bouquet of sunflowers and, later, a flock of pigeons. Walker’s ink and photo collage illustrations are dreamlike in appearance. Admirers of Janet Morgan Stoeke’s “Minerva Louise” books (Dutton) will relish the chance to meet another charming chicken.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

Horn Book

Peggy the chicken spends her days eating, performing acrobatics on a trampoline, and watching pigeons. When one day a big gust of wind transports her from her suburban backyard home to the big city, she is certainly a chicken out of the coop. But Peggy is resilient and unfazed despite the change of scenery, exploring her new human-filled surroundin Peggy the chicken spends her days eating, performing acrobatics on a trampoline, and watching pigeons. When one day a big gust of wind transports her from her suburban backyard home to the big city, she is certainly a chicken out of the coop. But Peggy is resilient and unfazed despite the change of scenery, exploring her new human-filled surroundings by strutting up and down rainy city streets discovering such things as electronics, tasty-looking food, and even a comfortable chair. When Peggy feels homesick, she follows some sunflowers “like the one in her yard” onto a train back to the ’burbs and, with a little help from the pigeons, finds her way home, where life returns almost to normal. Australian artist Walker’s ink and photo collage art is full of nice touches: she captures Peggy’s daily routine in Polaroid snapshots; she adds photo collage to the city scenes; the water blots in the colored ink connect with the rainy weather; and many other clever details in the art add levity to the story. The subtle color palette remains constant, regardless of Peggy’s surroundings, exuding a calm throughout that is emulated by the varied illustration formats, the text, and Peggy herself. Similar in concept to Elisha Cooper’s Beaver Is Lost (rev. 7/10) and with the same indomitable spirit as Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken (rev. 11/08) by Kate DiCamillo and Harry Bliss, Peggy is the relatable story of an unusual hen who enriches her life by stepping outside her comfort zone. cynthia k. ritter

Junior Library Guild

  • A charming story about the comforts of home—and the sometimes unexpected joys of going outside one’s comfort zone.
  • As Peggy tries on shoes, rides an escalator, and twirls spaghetti, young readers will delight in the silliness of a hen at large in the city, while relating to the pleasure she takes in each new discove
    • A charming story about the comforts of home—and the sometimes unexpected joys of going outside one’s comfort zone.
    • As Peggy tries on shoes, rides an escalator, and twirls spaghetti, young readers will delight in the silliness of a hen at large in the city, while relating to the pleasure she takes in each new discovery.
    • Anna Walker’s watery inks perfectly capture a city on a blustery, rainy day. Walker also uses photo collage to great effect, evoking Peggy’s sensory overload as she wanders, for example, past numerous shop windows.
    • Two spreads—filled with illustrated Polaroids of Peggy’s daily life from before and after her adventure—bookend the story. They offer readers a fun opportunity to point out differences and underline the importance of finding the right balance between old comforts and new experiences.

Book Details

ISBN

9780544259003

First Release

May 2014

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.3; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD560L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Clarion

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Chickens, Adventure and adventurers, City and town life, Pigeons,

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