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Chicken Little Hardcover – March 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 500L (What's this?)
  • Series: AWARDS: Arkansas Diamond Primary Awards 2011-2012
  • Hardcover: 34 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press; 1ST edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596434643
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596434646
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

There's a dash of snarkiness in the father-and-daughter Emberleys' version of the familiar fable, but it's to good purpose. By wryly emphasizing that Chicken Little and his clueless compatriots have no plan beyond hysterically running and crashing into one another (Honestly, with names like these, is it any wonder? the narrator asks after introducing Loosey Goosey), readers can indulge in a healthy feeling of superiority. The Emberleys add a twist at the end, which receives full play on a foldout spread—unfortunately, the illustrations here don't track (the fowl, supposedly inside a fox's mouth, are prematurely shown outside it). The eye-popping colors and handcrafted shapes reflect the aesthetic that Rebecca Emberley has employed successfully elsewhere (see My Big Book of Spanish Words, for example), and the addition of Bonk! Ack! and other cartoony interjections heightens the silliness. However, the comic chaos that drives the story has infected the composition. Instead of savoring the action, readers may find that their eyes skid across the pages. Ages 3–7. (Mar.)
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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—The Emberleys' interpretation of this oft-told tale explodes with concentrated color in ingeniously simple and wickedly wacky collage shapes. Chicken Little is adorable, a super-bright yellow cutie pie with huge, three-colored eyes and a punklike crest. With a "BONK!" and an "EEP!," he is knocked senseless by an acorn that's almost half his size, and his eyeballs are replaced by stars. The umbrella he grabs "to protect his scrambled noggin" is an umbrella-shaped piece of sky, and the white clouds on the intense blue melt into the white page backgrounds. More "BONK!"s and "AWK!"s follow as C.L. caroms off Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Loosey Goosey, and a gorgeously colorful Turkey Lurky. The sound effects and the snippy, deliciously snide narration complement the pictures perfectly. When the birds enter the "warm, dark cave" into which the fox has invited them (his mouth), the hen squawks, "'Pheeeeew! It stinks in here.' 'And the floor is squishy and wet!' quacked the duck." These words appear in white on a jet-black spread, altered only by several vivid pairs of perplexed eyes. In the foldout page that follows, readers see the creatures' miraculous escape. The pithy plot and magnetic illustrations will attract younger readers; the sassy storytelling and quirky humor will appeal to all ages.—Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY
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Customer Reviews

Too bad we can't flip thru the pages first before buying.
Shelley May Mincer
The distinction comes in the creative collage-y illustrations, very bright and active and colorful, and the occasional sarcastic comments sprinkled in the text.
Ulyyf
It's now added to our growing library and it's definitely read often.
kitty

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
Chicken Little was a dumb cluck, even for a chicken and he could get very excited over nothing. One day an "acorn fell from the sky and hit him on the head . . . BONK! EEP!" His eyes bugged out and he plopped right over onto the ground. When he came to his senses, he was all riled up thinking that the sky was falling down. "The sky is falling! The sky is falling! I must run for my life! And that he did. He grabbed his umbrella to cover his head and ran off willy nilly.

Crash, boom, bang! He ran right into Henny Penny who didn't have the sense of a duck. Chicken Little started yelling again and told her the sky was falling. Next thing you know they were both on the run. "The sky is falling! The sky is falling!" Lucky Ducky, who wasn't really lucky was their next victim. "BONK! ACK!" The crowd was getting bigger and the more they ran the more critters they encountered. Loosey Goosey and Turkey Lurky soon joined the crowd as they all ran for their lives. But wait a minute. Fox wanted to know why all the "little birdies" were "going at such a frantic pace." Hmmmmm. The fox had a nice place for them to rest and he opened his mouth to let them in. Was that going to be the end of the silly little birdies?

This is an adorable take on the old Chicken Little story. The colorful, wide-eyed characters are very appealing and add a lot to this tale of a hysterical race to escape the falling sky. If you are a grandparent who might be a bit hesitant about purchasing an old classic with a new twist, don't worry . . . your little one will love it (and you will too)!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leda D. Schubert on December 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It's not fair to give a book one star (see other reviewer) just because Amazon didn't ship it, which has nothing to do with the quality of the book, so I feel compelled to chime in here. CHICKEN LITTLE is positively hilarious. Laugh-out-loud funny. Snorty funny. A retelling of the familiar tale, bursting with color, feathers, and read-aloud joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AD on December 15, 2009
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We love reading this book to our 4 year old. The sentences are really funny but easy to read. All the pictures of each character are vibrant and exciting with special sound effects added (BOINK! AWK! ONK!) when the chicken bumps into every character. Our son is visually impaired but is able to make out the characters very well and especially loves the Turkey Lurkey colors. He loves this book sooo much that we are now planning to make Chicken Little puppets and act this story out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K Teacher on March 23, 2013
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I am a Kindergarten teacher and my class LOVED this story. We read 2 different versions and this was by far their favorite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kitty on September 10, 2012
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We checked this out from the library and upon reading it my daughter was thrilled with it. It's very comical and if you are a talented reader you can make it so enjoyable for young ones. When reading,I do different voices for each character which makes my daughter laugh hysterically throughout the book. It's now added to our growing library and it's definitely read often.
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This modern take on Chicken Little is sure to delight and amuse every reader, children and adults alike! Chicken Little is especially adorable in this edition, and as ditzy as ever. I am tempted to say that the illustrations are the stars here, but the retold tale is just as clever. The illustrations, done in collage style, have colors that are vivid and bright. The illustrations play an equally important role to the text in this book.

The story is written in a humorous and wry style. When Loosey Goosey joins Chicken Little, Henny Penny, and Lucky Ducky on their madcap escapade, the narrator reminds us they still have no plan, but, "honestly, with names like these, is it any wonder?" This is funny stuff! The surprise twist at the end, unique to this retelling, is what makes this a perfect story for a read -aloud. But it is quite a romp, so not before bed or you won't get your little one to sleep!
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By Ulyyf on March 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I gave it an extra star to compensate for the erroneous 1-star review below, which I commented on.

Chicken Little is, of course, a classic fairy tale. This version hews pretty close to the original storyline (the only difference is that the poultry aren't eaten at the end... a disappointment, to be sure, but for some people that's probably a selling point!). The distinction comes in the creative collage-y illustrations, very bright and active and colorful, and the occasional sarcastic comments sprinkled in the text. (Off they're running and the narrator comments that there's "Still no plan" and "Well, with names like these, is it any wonder?")

The ending is a bit disjointed - the fox's sneeze comes out of NOWHERE - but that's all right, the rest of the book makes up for it.
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Nice book, but the story is not what I had expected -- I really wanted the story with the ending of them meeting up with the King and this is NOT that ending. The names of the animals are not the original either; i.e. "Lucky Ducky" instead of Ducky Lucky. Too bad we can't flip thru the pages first before buying. Oh well - I'll be looking for the original version
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