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Chicken Little

by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

Published by A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2009
32 pages
ISBN: 978-1-59643-464-6

Ages 2-7

Chicken Little and his cohort of gullible fowl run for their lives from the falling sky in a fresh new look at a familiar tale. Oversized images, bright, bold colors, and the wacky (yet always identifiable) singular eyeballs of each creature are the perfect match for a cleverly crafted retelling. An ever-growing flock of birds takes a headlong flight from a falling acorn into the faux haven of Foxy Loxy’s open mouth in a manner that appears to burst through the boundaries of the page. From Chicken Little (“not the brightest chicken in the coop”) to Henny Penny (“being witless herself”) to Foxy Loxy (who generously offers the shelter of a “warm, dark cave” – his gaping maw) each of the cast furthers the story on its path to the sudden and explosive conclusion. A final foldout page offers a large-scale and visually dramatic take on the silly birds’ reprieve. The creative use of font includes an effective range of size, type, color, and placement on the page. CCBC categories: Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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