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Chicks Run Wild Hardcover – January 25, 2011
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PreSchool-Grade 2—Mama puts her five little chicks to bed, kisses them, and tucks them in. But once she leaves, it's party time. The noise from cartwheels and somersaults brings her back to warn her brood sternly that it's time to go back to bed. But once she closes the door, they're wreaking havoc in a pillow fight. This time Mama decides, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, and in the process she outfoxes her youngsters and tires them out. Finally, she gets some serious "me" time and settles down in the living room to give herself a pedicure while surrounded by books, movies, and a cup of tea. The text in this short rhyming story gets singsongy at times, but the pencil and digitally painted illustrations carry the folksy tale in an able fashion. An entertaining selection for bedtime, the book will also combine well in presentations with other funny chicken stories, such as Janet Morgan Stoeke's "Minerva Louise" series (Dutton).—Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA
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Bedtime silliness abounds when these little chicks decide they’re not ready for sleep. Eventually, Mama realizes she’ll just have to tire them out herself. Weary parents may not appreciate this message, but young children will relate to the energetic chicks, who pop back into bed each time Mama checks on them and aren’t sure how to react when Mama changes her tactics, challenging them to invite her to play. The chicks are fluffy and appealing; Mama appears progressively more stern, as she looms larger in the doorway each time she must come back. Young listeners will quickly learn and want to repeat the refrain, set off in large type and curving above chicks jumping on the bed, somersaulting through the air, and whacking each other with pillows: “Those chicks run wild!” Grown-ups will enjoy the final scene, where “Mama runs wild,” painting her toenails red, having a cup of tea, and watching Gone with the Wing. Preschool-Grade 1. --Diane Foote
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