Sunday 8 December 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Little Chicken Duck an "Irresistible Choice"

The Manitoba Library Association
Vol XX Number 14
December 6, 2013

Little Chicken Duck.
Tim Beiser. Illustrated by Bill Slavin.Toronto, ON: Tundra Books, 2013. 24 pp., hardcover, $19.99.ISBN 978-1-77049-392-6. Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7.

Review by Reesa Cohen.
**** /4

... Beiser is no stranger to creating delightful spirited rhyming texts in children's stories that, at their heart, have a worthwhile lesson suitable to a young reader. Facing one's fears could lead to worthwhile classroom discussions. As in his previous books Miss Mousie's Blind Date and Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog, the rhythmic poetic verse simply flows, if read aloud.
     Award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin does this charming tale justice, with delightful artwork rendered in acrylics on gessoed paper. Enchanting perspectives, rich colour, and lively action, all add to the comical retelling of each bird's version of fear. The playfulness of both text and images makes Little Chicken Duck an irresistible choice for both school and home.

Highly Recommended.

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