Chicken Little

by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley

Oversize images, bright, bold colors, and the wacky (yet always identifiable) singular... read more

Oversize images, bright, bold colors, and the wacky (yet always identifiable) singular eyeballs of Chicken Little and his cohort of gullible fowl make for dynamic art that is a perfect match for the cleverly crafted retelling of this well-known tale. An ever-growing flock of birds takes a headlong flight from a falling acorn into the faux haven of Foxy Loxy’s open mouth in a manner that appears to burst through the boundaries of the page. From Chicken Little (“not the brightest chicken in the coop”) to Henny Penny (“being witless herself”) to Foxy Loxy (who generously offers the shelter of a “warm, dark cave”—his gaping maw), each of the cast furthers the story on its path to a sudden and explosive conclusion. A final foldout page offers a large-scale and visually dramatic take on the silly birds’ reprieve. Creative and varied fonts in a range of sizes, styles, colors, and unusual placements add to the loony appeal. (Ages 2–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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