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She longed for adventure.
So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world.
The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar.
Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine . . .
She was brave.
She was fearless.
She was feathered.
She was a chicken.
A not-so-chicken chicken.
A Look Inside Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken (Click on Images to Enlarge)
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Questions for Kate DiCamillo
Amazon.com: Tell us about Louise--how is she so brave? What do you do when you’re feeling a little bit chicken?
Kate Dicamillo: When I think of Louise, the words that come to mind are insouciant and unflappable. I suppose that when all is said and done, she is brave. But she's also kind of, um, *clueless.* As for me, when I am feeling afraid, I squawk and flap my wings and run around in circles and then I go ahead and try to do the thing that I'm pretty sure I can't do.
Amazon.com: I know pirates don't keep very good records, but have you found any historical evidence of chickens adventuring with pirates?
Dicamillo: Yes, it's true, pirates don't keep great records. But there are several diaries of chickens that have survived through the ages and they paint a quite colorful (and detailed (and sometimes horrifiying)) picture of the many adventures that chickens have had with pirates. I refererred to these diaries when I was doing my research. They were written in chicken scratch; it was slow going.
Amazon.com: If Louise, Despereaux, and Mercy Watson went on an adventure together, what do you think would happen?
Dicamillo: Wow, there's a picture . . . let's see. I can envision Louise standing on Mercy's back and Despereaux perched on Louise's head. *Anything* could happen, I suppose. And would. But I'm sure that whatever happened, it would involve toast, hot air balloons, cluelessness and Despereaux ultimately saving the day.
Amazon.com: This is your first collaboration with Harry Bliss. Did you have his style in mind when you wrote the story, or did you join up with him afterward?
Dicamillo: When I wrote Louise, I didn't have a particular illustrator in mind. But the chicken (the whole world!) that Harry has brought to life in this book has delighted and humbled me. He's a genius.
Amazon.com: You've written award-winning books for kids of every age. Do you tell a different kind of story for each age, or do you think all kids find the same elements appealing?
Dicamillo: I don't think about what age the story is for or who or why. I just try to tell a story that makes me happy, one that makes me laugh, or cry; I try to tell a story that makes me glad to be here.
Kate DiCamillo is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, including The Tale of Despereaux, winner of the Newbery Medal; Because of Winn-Dixie, a Newbery Honor Book; and The Tiger Rising, a National Book Award finalist. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
It is a cute story but not everything I had expected from Kate DiCamillo. I thought it would be a little more involved but I guess I'm used to her longer books.Published 4 months ago by Michele M. Prosser
Great book. My kids never get tired of it. Wonderful message. Would love to collect all of this authors books.Published 8 months ago by Melanie R. Tennyson
My good cat friend Kittenshy,loves birds (also to eat!) and chickens,so I saw this book at the library and got it for her. To my surprise, the stories are dreadful and scary! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was looking for a book that my grandson, who doesn't like to read, would get interested in. This was excellent.Published 17 months ago by Jean T
Combining Harry Bliss's colorful, fun illustration style with Kate DiCamillo's pure silliness was an excellent collaboration idea. Read morePublished 23 months ago by NHJeff
We have chickens. Four to be exact. Their names are Sheila, QT, Ms. Jones and Missy A. They are awesomely fun to watch. We have become a bit chicken obsessed in our family. Read morePublished on June 17, 2012 by Jennifer Hancock
The entertaining value of this book is attractive, and our children 6 & 8 thought it an interesting read. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Jeff C. Young
If only we could have MORE picture books like this one--longer, as in WORDIER, excellently written, with some depth, some meat to them. Read morePublished on February 23, 2012 by Carol Woodson
We have all of the Mercy Watson books so we decided to get this one to add to our little library. My son loves Louise's adventures. Read morePublished on January 13, 2012 by Andrew & Blake's mommy