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Chicken Big



written and illustrated by
Keith Graves

Edition
-
Publisher
Chronicle Books
Imprint
Chronicle
ISBN
9780811872379

Awards and Honors
Indies Choices E. B. White Read-Aloud Award, Picture Book Honor 2011
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JLG Category

Primary

The chickens are shocked when a giant yellow feathered creature hatches from a humongous egg. He couldn't be a chicken. Could he? Full-color illustrations rendered in chicken scratch (pencil and pixels).

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

7 1/2" x 11"

Dewey

E

AR

2.7: points 0.5

Lexile

AD570L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

1

JLG Release

Oct 2010

Book Genres


Topics

Chickens. Size. Humorous stories.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal

Junior Library Guild


• The little chickens reach ridiculous—and hilarious—conclusions as they notice Chicken Big’s talents and traits. For instance, since Chicken Big is able to shelter the little ones from rain, he must be . . . an umbrella!
• Elements of Chicken Little are sprinkled through the story. Kids will smile at the familiar refrain, “the sky is falling,” in this new context.
• Comic-book-like touches in the artwork, including the chickens’ silly comments and reactions in speech bubbles, add to the fun.
• The story runs onto the back cover, providing even more laughs.

School Library Journal

The pint-size poultry are as brainless as ever in this quirky revision of the classic “Chicken Little” tale, but the hero here is mysterious Chicken Big. Is he an elephant? The smaller chickens are sure that he could not be one of them and exclude him from the coop. When an acorn falls on the smallest one’s head, she thinks the sky is falling. But when clear-headed Chicken Big explains what it is and pops it into his mouth, the other chickens decide that he must really be a squirrel. Chicken Big’s unwilling companions arrive at one ridiculous conclusion after another. He protects them from the rain, so he could be an umbrella. He keeps them warm in a cold breeze, so he could be a sweater. When all the eggs go missing and Chicken Big saves the day, the others realize that “only one thing could be so smart, so kind, so warm, and so brave.” (A chicken, of course.) Graves’s pastel-hued illustrations with comic-style panels have a spontaneous and quirky quality reminiscent of Mo Willems’s Pigeon and Leonardo books, and thoughtful design plays up the disproportionate size of Chicken Big. An amusing tale that will draw giggles from preschool and early elementary read-aloud audiences, this is a fun addition to any collection or comparative folklore unit.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

Praise & Reviews

Junior Library Guild


• The little chickens reach ridiculous—and hilarious—conclusions as they notice Chicken Big’s talents and traits. For instance, since Chicken Big is able to shelter the little ones from rain, he must be . . . an umbrella!
• Elements of Chicken Little are sprinkled through the story. Kids will smile at the familiar refrain, “the sky is falling,” in this new context.
• Comic-book-like touches in the artwork, including the chickens’ silly comments and reactions in speech bubbles, add to the fun.
• The story runs onto the back cover, providing even more laughs.

School Library Journal

The pint-size poultry are as brainless as ever in this quirky revision of the classic “Chicken Little” tale, but the hero here is mysterious Chicken Big. Is he an elephant? The smaller chickens are sure that he could not be one of them and exclude him from the coop. When an acorn falls on the smallest one’s head, she thinks the sky is falling. But when clear-headed Chicken Big explains what it is and pops it into his mouth, the other chickens decide that he must really be a squirrel. Chicken Big’s unwilling companions arrive at one ridiculous conclusion after another. He protects them from the rain, so he could be an umbrella. He keeps them warm in a cold breeze, so he could be a sweater. When all the eggs go missing and Chicken Big saves the day, the others realize that “only one thing could be so smart, so kind, so warm, and so brave.” (A chicken, of course.) Graves’s pastel-hued illustrations with comic-style panels have a spontaneous and quirky quality reminiscent of Mo Willems’s Pigeon and Leonardo books, and thoughtful design plays up the disproportionate size of Chicken Big. An amusing tale that will draw giggles from preschool and early elementary read-aloud audiences, this is a fun addition to any collection or comparative folklore unit.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI

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