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.

For more books with resources please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books.

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  1. It looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing Julie.

    Have a wonderful trip!

  2. That is adorable and what fun lines for the kids to read. Katie is super talented. You have yourself a wonderful trip. I can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂 Take care!

  3. Looks like a good one for my guys, and I love the refrain!

  4. I read this book at the Warwick Children’s Book Festival which Katie and I both attended, and it is so cute! You are right – that line makes the book such fun to read aloud, and it does have a way of working itself into daily conversation 🙂 Thanks for adding it to our list – it’s always nice to add one for the youngest readers!

  5. Thanks, Julie! Have a fabulous, fun, safe trip to Italy!!

  6. Looks adorable! Hope you have a wonderful trip.

  7. What an excellent pick, Julie. I will definitely read this one. I’m saying, “I hear you cluckin, Big Chicken,” It is fun. I’ll be saying it all day. (People in this house are used to stuff like this)

    Have fun in Italy. The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is something I have wanted to attend for a long time. You must blog about it. We’re going to Ireland in August. Thrilled!!!!!!!!!!!! Be safe. See you when you return.

  8. Sounds like a great conference and a luxurious vacation at the same time. Do tell how you found out about it and tell us how it is. E books are current and I want to know more about them/

  9. As much as I’ve learned from Katie Davis, I still haven’t read this book. I must remedy this situation immediately! Have a fun and safe trip, Julie!

  10. I treated myself to several hours on Katie’s website the other day which included all her little chicken videos. What a wealth of great information … and loads of fun. Thanks for the post, Julie.

  11. Adorable! Katie must have clones…

    Have fun in Italy!

  12. Safe travels, Julie!! Thanks for sharing Katie Davis with us… What a blessing!!

  13. What talent an what a great refrain! That’s definitely the sort of phrase that could creep into family life!

  14. I want to get my hands on this book! I have heard so many great things about it! Have fun in Italy and be safe.

  15. I’ve only just found your site and I have to say I am loving it! So much good information all in one place. Well done you. This book trailer is a hoot! Katie’s book How to Promote…has been such a terrific reference book for me…i use it all the time…thanks for this post. Really good!

  16. What a cute book! Mom was always a cluck away — what a nice line. Sounds like a fun book for young kids. Great review. Want to get this one.

  17. Perfect age range for my son. It’s never too early for this topic. A fun trailer too.

  18. I love that book trailer. I have watched it several times and like it better with each viewing. I have not read the book yet, but have it on my list. Thanks for the great review.

  19. Adorable! I’ve loved chickens since I first saw them hatch during grade school. I’m sure this book resonates with kids big time. 🙂

  20. This trailer is so cute! Thanks for reviewing this book, I’ve heard so much about it.

  21. The video is very cute! This is a great choice for PPBF! He message is great (comming from a kid who got lost on the beach once 🙁 )

  22. Sweet trailer 🙂 I’m going to the Bolgona Children’s Book Fair, too (in a v. small, amateur capacity!), so will look out for you – it’d be a great pleasure to meet you in real, 3D form! Best wishes, A.

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