Monday, August 25, 2008

Book Review: Big Chickens Fly the Coop by Leslie Helakoski

Book: Big Chickens Fly the Coop
Author: Leslie Helakoski
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Published: 2008

Four chickens have a burning desire to see the farmhouse with their own eyes. So they climb out of their coop and set off. The path to the farmhouse is fraught with peril (horses! dogs!! tractors!!!), but the siren call of adventure is just too strong for these indomitable birds.

This book made me giggle. While it’s on the long side for storytime, I think that the rhythm of Cole’s words and the structure of the story will captivate kids. And check out the vocabulary! The chickens don’t just run away from the dog in the doghouse, they flounce, trounce, and body-bounce.

As if the words aren’t enough for you, there’s always the art. The chickens are deliciously silly as they squawk and flap, and there’s one spread of them after a retreat back to the coop, splayed over their perches in post-trauma exhaustion, that would make a stone crack a grin.

Want a book with peril, adventure, and chickens all in one? Try Big Chickens Fly the Coop.

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