Blue Chicken

By: Deborah Freedman

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.

ISBN: 9780670012930

JLG Release: Nov 2011


Sensitive Areas: No sensitive areas
Topics: Chickens , Domestic animals , Farms , Painting , Spills

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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:

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

School Library Journal

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, 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

Horn Book

An almost-finished watercolor picture of a bucolic farm scene is the setting for some fowl high jinks when one of the chickens pops out of the picture and tries to help. But the unseen painter (who might be the same person as the narrator, or might not) has made one critical mistake—leaving the lid off the blue paint jar. Our curious little c An almost-finished watercolor picture of a bucolic farm scene is the setting for some fowl high jinks when one of the chickens pops out of the picture and tries to help. But the unseen painter (who might be the same person as the narrator, or might not) has made one critical mistake—leaving the lid off the blue paint jar. Our curious little chicken upends the paint, covering herself and the picture, bathing everything in deep blue. Like Harold and his famous crayon, the whole world changes as the paint flows, turning ground to water and flooding the whole landscape. Soon everyone is angry at the apologetic chicken, who attempts to set things right. Literal readers will want to know how the blue paint, after being cleaned up by the water, remains only in the sky and not on the other white places, but all will appreciate the sheer joy of a book that celebrates color and innocent mischief. The closing endpapers give a humorous hint of the type of artistic help the chicken and her energetic friends are willing to offer, this time with another primary color: red. Comparisons to Wiesner’s Three Pigs are inevitable, and those who like a little metafiction with their picture books will splash right along with this “helpful” chicken.

Book Details

ISBN

9780670012930

First Release

November 2011

Genre

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

9 1/2" x 9 1/2"

Page Count

40

Accelerated Reader

Level 1.2; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level AD420L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Viking

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas

Topics

Chickens, Domestic animals, Farms, Painting, Spills,

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