I was delighted to see the post on the terrific and creative blog Celebrate Picture Books about What’s Up with This Chicken? Blogger Kathryn Carroll features picture books on their associated holidays. And it turns out that October 14th is World Egg Day. Who knew?
The post has a summary of the book, examples of the illustrations, a review, a Q&A with the author, moi, and best of all, delightful games Kathy created based on the plot. She uses egg cartons to make adorable chickens and eggs, and the project is simple enough for kids (and even this craft klutz) to do!
I was excited to see these glowing comments about the book:
“With a deft and delightful understanding of the puns and humor that set kids to giggling, Jane Sutton has written a fun—and informative—story for animal lovers and anyone who loves a good, natural mystery. Through the well-paced plot and action-packed description, readers learn about a particular behavioral aspect of some chickens and the clever and sensitive way that Sylvia solves the problem. The close relationship between Sylvia and her grandmother adds charm and depth to the story, and their dialogue is spontaneous and playful.
Peter J. Welling’s bright, homey illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the story. Animated Trudy shoos Sylvia away while the other chickens take dust baths, scratch for bugs, and look just as perplexed as Sylvia and Grandma. Humorous touches abound in Grandma’s choice of home décor and Sylvia’s printed T-shirts as well as in the facial expressions of the human and feathered characters. Trudy’s chicks are adorable, and readers will cheer to see Trudy fulfill her heart’s desire.
What’s Up with This Chicken is a wonderful read-aloud for younger kids’ story times and a fun romp that will keep older, independent readers guessing and wondering how it all comes out right up to the end. The likeable characters—both human and chicken—make this a book kids will like to hear again and again!”