An artist has almost completed a farm scene and plans to paint the barn. Then a chicken steps out of the painting to help—and spills blue paint everywhere! Full-color illustrations.
JLG Release: Nov 2011
Awards & Honors
Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of 2011; Booklist Top 10 Books for Youth 2012, Arts
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*
School Library Journal
Blue Chicken wasn’t always blue. When she was created in an artist’s studio, she was a bright white, as she should be. But then she decides that she wants to help finish the picture by painting the barn. She climbs right out of the painting and onto the edge of a paint container. Shockingly, it topples over, sp STARRED REVIEW
Blue Chicken wasn’t always blue. When she was created in an artist’s studio, she was a bright white, as she should be. But then she decides that she wants to help finish the picture by painting the barn. She climbs right out of the painting and onto the edge of a paint container. Shockingly, it topples over, splashing blue paint all over her and onto the other animals. She is sorry, so sorry and she tries to undo the mishap. She intentionally tips over the rinse water and is relieved to watch as it washes away the blue. The animals are happy to be returned to their original state while the errant color creates a perfect wash of blue in the sky. In a surprise ending, readers find the little chicken a bright shade of red from another botched attempt, this time to help the artist who is painting an actual barn outside the studio. The chicken is childlike in its strong desire to help and often be responsible for dire consequences. Full of surprise and emotion, the story is very clever, and children will love the idea of a subject popping out of a painting and creating such mischief. Freedman’s artwork features sharp pen-and-ink watercolor drawings and an expert use of perspective. The blue splash created by the chicken is an exciting contrast to the realistic style of the artist’s rendering. The book has much to pore over on every page, and children will want to experience the action over and over again.—Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CT
9 1/2" x 9 1/2"
Level 1.2; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 0; Points: 0;