Before getting to today’s picture book, I want to let you know that this will be my last Perfect Picture Book Friday post until Friday, March 30th. Why? Well, I am getting on a plane later today to fly to ITALY and thus won’t be here for the next couple of Fridays. Part of my trip there will be spent at the O’Reilly’s Tools of Change conference, focused on digital children’s publishing, and the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. I don’t know how much time I’ll have to blog on site, if any, but I will be posting updates on my Facebook Author page and on Twitter if you want to follow along.
Today’s PPBF selection comes from our March featured 12 x 12 author – Katie Davis. We’ve talked a lot about her in the context of her Brain Burps About Books podcast and her ebook, How to Promote Your Children’s Book, but guess what? She’s an author and an illustrator too! 🙂
Little Chicken’s Big Day
Written by Jerry Davis, illustrated by Katie Davis
Margaret K. McElderry Books, September, 2011
Suitable for: Ages 1 – 4
Themes/Topics: Parent/Child Relationship, Getting Lost, Fears, Love
Opening and brief synopsis: From the Jacket copy: For this plucky little chick, the world is an amazing place. So when his mama hurries him along on a big day out, Little Chicken falls behind. Soon he finds himself feeling a tiny bit lost and a tad less plucky. Happily, his mama is always just a cluck away. Booklist says: Utterly simple and utterly adorable.
Activities: Katie will have activities available on her website soon, but this book is a great jumping off point for discussions with your kids about what they should do if they get lost or separated from their grownups. I also ask my kids to say the refrain, “I hear you cluckin’ big chicken,” when we get to those parts in the book. They think that is so hilarious, they’ve even started saying it to me at other times when I ask them to do things. 😉
Why I Like This Book: This book is so heartwarming and off-the-charts adorable. It’s also a great example of how you can tell a rich story in so few words (kudos to Katie’s illustrations). I dare you to read this book and not smile at the end. Plus, the refrain – “I hear you cluckin, Big Chicken,” is just so darned fun to say out loud. P.S. When you get the book, be sure to read the dedication page!
By the way, Katie won the School Library Journal 2012 Trailee award for this adorable book trailer. If you haven’t seen it yet, watch it now.
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