Sunday, January 26, 2020

Review - Chicken Break!

Chicken Break!: A Counting Book
by Cate Berry
illustrated by Charlotte Adler
Date: 2019
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Chicken Break, a children's picture book from writer Cate Berry and illustrator Charlotte Alder, is simple fun with some wild and crazy chickens...

These chickens (ten to be exact) have one mission: to escape the coop and have some wild fun. One by one, the chickens break out. When all ten are out, they let loose! But chickens get tired, and after their wild day, one by one, they head back for some much needed relaxation. Even party animals need some rest.

Filled with spunk and spirit, this is a fun and energetic way of engaging young readers to count to ten and from ten to one!

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Chicken Break! is a counting story about a group of ten chickens who feel like having some fun. So they hatch a plan to escape the farm, with each chicken (or groups of chickens) playing their part. But when they've finished their day out, they need to get back to the farm before someone discovers they're missing... so the counting goes in reverse as the chickens find a number of outlandish ways to re-infiltrate the farmyard.

The rhyming text tells the story fairly well. The focus isn't so much on the numbers here as on what the chickens are actually doing. They're a diverse bunch, and it's fun to try to pick out the different chickens in the scenes when they're all together. (There's even a chicken wearing rollerskates!) The illustrations are bright and graphic, and while simple, they manage to capture the chickens' personalities.

Overall, this isn't so much a counting book as a storybook, but I'd still recommend it for kids who are learning their numbers. There are plenty of things to count in the cute pictures, and enough humour to keep readers engaged.

Quotable moment:

Premise: 4/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 3/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.57 out of 5

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