“Early in the morning, down on the farm, a new day is dawning, peaceful and calm,” calm that is until Hen counts her chicks and discovers that one has disappeared—again. She finds the babe in the middle of the farmyard, stuck fast in the mud. What follows is a new take on the classic “Enormous Turnip” story, with Clarke offering an exuberant, rhyming romp complete with familiar farm characters that Hen enlists to help free her chick. Cat, Dog, Sheep, Horse, and even Farmer take a turn pushing and pulling “again and again,” only to become stuck themselves. This colorfully illustrated tale, featuring broadly sketched characters in bold colors, will surely be a read-aloud favorite. The surprise gatefold near the end of the book will delight children, who will surely see themselves in Chick—who really wasn’t stuck; he just wanted company to play in the mud. Preschool-Grade 1. --Shauna Yusko
About the Author
Jane Clarke worked as an archaeology lecturer, history teacher, and library assistant before she began her career as a writer. She has written over a dozen books and also writes poetry. She lives in Kent, England. Visit her Web site at www.jane-clarke.co.uk
Garry Parsons has illustrated many books for children, including Walker’s Trouble at the Dinosaur Café. He lives in London, England.