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Chicky Chicky Chook Chook Hardcover – April 1, 2007


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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1—This rambunctious story has an onomatopoeic rhyming text that children will love to hear again and again. Chicky chicks, buzzy bees, and kitty cats romp in the sunny warm shine and snuggle in the sleepy shine until, "Pitter, patter. Pit. Pit. Patter. Splitter, splatter." Down comes the rain, which makes them "soggy, groggy moggy." "Sunny, sunny breeze and shine. Fluff and fur and fuzz." Inspired by the art and culture of her native Zimbabwe,MacLennan dabs, swirls, and sponges bright splashes of paint on brown butcher paper. Lively spreads and the creative placement of text express energy and movement to make this a unique, eye-catching experience. This creative book is as much fun to read aloud as it is to look at.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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“A unique, eye-catching experience … as much fun to read aloud as it is to look at.” —School Library Journal (Starred Review)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boxer Books (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905417403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905417407
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 12.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By hepsmom on June 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my nephew who is 18 months old. He absolutely LOVES it. The manner the author/illustrator uses is VERY good. Upon the first reading, my nephew thought the chicks were actually fuzzy. The sounds that make up the text are mesmerizing. The story features bees, chicks, and cats. Children who are learning animals will be captivated. Many times when playing, we'll hear him, "Chicky, chicky, chook chook," or "Snuggle, snuggle, sleepy shine."

I was also taken with the methods of illustration. The author was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in the UK. Influences of Africa are apparent in the vivid and sweet illustrations.

This book is very enjoyable for toddlers and adults alike!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Noble on September 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Normally I am very tired of hearing authors make up new words and using little sound bites, but not with Chicky Chicky Chook Chook. We read this with a classroom of three-year-olds and they were giggling away. My son loved it at least 7 times! I had to keep reading it just to hear him attempting the new sounds he heard. The talent of Cathy MacLennan goes even further with illustrations briming with imagination and texture!
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My 16 month old daughter loved this book the minute I opened it!

The illustrations are fresh and captivating. The story is a new juxtaposition of animals you don't often see together: bees, chicks, and cats. And what a blast it is to read aloud!

The freshest aspect of this text is that the rhymes can be read both as fun nonsense or as a real story of the consequences of getting caught in the rain. And the illustrations are freshly fabulous too! Bold colorful images with lots of motion. New ways of drawing flowers and animal legs. The chick eyes are these bold black dots sometimes outside the chick's actual head. This is the kind of compelling new way of drawing that'll have lots of imitators in the future.

My daughter loves books and most books hold her attention when I am reading to her. But this is the one that puts a smile on her face the second I bring it out. She buzzes along with the bees and says "chick, chick" when the chicks come out. She brings this one to me to read to her. And that is priceless.

I'll sure be looking forward to future works by Cathy MacLennan.
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By Zach on April 16, 2013
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I initially borrowed this book from the library when my daughter was an infant. She's almost two now, and still enjoys the book. It's a silly, fun read. The pictures illustrate motion and inspire imagination as to what the characters are doing throughout their day. No, it's not a complex story, and it's not long. It's a very short book, and more along the lines of a song or illustrated nursery rhyme, than a story book. I haven't looked at the author's other books, and don't really intend to. I wouldn't want a whole shelf full of books such as this, but one is just fine. That said, I really enjoy "Chicky Chicky Chook Chook," and so does my daughter. And I think that's about all that counts.
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By H. Bigler on December 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Someone gave us this book, and since I didn't have anything else, I started reading it to my baby (3 months old) every night before bed. I couldn't BELIEVE IT but she would stare and stare at the cute little (african themed) pictures. The words are probably fun for her to hear, and the simple story is just darling. She will sit still the entire time I read it, and sometimes try to grab the bright little animals. I LOVE this book.
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We're on child #2 with Chicky Chicky Chook Chook, and I almost forgot how unique this book is. It's wonderful, fanciful poetry for the very young. A chance to hear the words played with and danced with. The illustrations are exceptional; my children always seem bright- eyed when looking at the drawings. I hope this book gets passed on generation to generation. It deserves a place on the bookshelf.
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By violetmom on February 18, 2012
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My daughter first read this book last year when she was 5. She checked it out of the school library 8 times and I knew I just had to find this book for her! I love the fact that it is a small book, she can put it in her mini backpack and take it with her. It is for her 7th bday, so she is going to be happily surprised!
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This is my absolute favorite baby book! It has provided my boys and me with so many sweet memories... They both enjoyed it immensely as infants and young toddlers. It's so easy to put expression into it as you read, and I have yet to find a baby that is not delighted by it. I include a copy with every baby gift I buy.
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