Little Chick just wants to belong, but the bullies of the barnyard--Little Donkey, Little Pig, and Little Sheep--won't let him play in their tree house because he is a chicken, and chickens are not strong and brave. Read more...
Little Chick just wants to belong, but the bullies of the barnyard--Little Donkey, Little Pig, and Little Sheep--won't let him play in their tree house because he is a chicken, and chickens are not strong and brave. Little Chick sees their point: What have chickens done besides invent the chicken dance and cross the road? But when his father shows Little Chick the family photo album, he learns something HUGE: He is related to the gigantic and ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex
Armed with this new knowledge, Little Chick returns to the tree house just in time to rescue the bullies from a scary wolf--and prove that strength and bravery have nothing to do with size.
- ISBN-13: 9781442451865
- ISBN-10: 1442451866
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: July 2013
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-06
- Reviewer: Staff
A factoid from evolutionary biology—that chickens are T. rex’s closest living relatives—provides a distinctive angle to a story about bullying from this husband-and-wife team (she’s the author of the YA novel Level 2; he’s the illustrator of Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?). Daniel Jennewein’s digital drawings show scrawny, earnest Little Chick staring longingly at the neighborhood tree house, presently occupied by an obnoxious trio: Little Donkey, Little Sheep, and Little Pig. “This is a club for the brave and mighty,” they sneer. “So tell us, what mighty things can chickens do?” A search turns up a paleontologist grandfather and traces of an ancient ancestor said to lie buried nearby. “Can we go there? Please?” Little Chick pleads with his father, and the two uncover a gigantic T. rex skeleton. Armed with the knowledge of his terrifying sire—and a giant bone—Little Chick proves his bravery. While the story doesn’t offer a real-world bully solution, its premise is easy to understand and (more notably, perhaps) it takes the principle of evolution as the quiet, undisputed basis for all that happens. Ages 4–8. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Foundry Literary + Media. (July)