Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Chicken Licken by Mara Allperin and Nick East (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

Love Chicken Licken's boots! The other animals' clothes are fun too.
 March 2015, Little Tiger Press, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy 

Content: mild to major peril, hysteria, humour

Summary from Little Tiger Press
When an acorn drops on Chicken Licken’s head, he thinks the sky is falling and dashes off to tell the King. But instead he finds Foxy Loxy . . . 

Is Chicken Licken about to become Chicken Lunch?  

Nayu's thoughts
I vaguely remember this tale from when I was little, about a chick who thinks the sky falls on his head, but I couldn't remember why he thought that was the case or what happened next. This retelling in cheerful colours made me laugh a lot and oddly think of the book The Woman Who Swallowed A Fly by Pam Adams, where the woman swallows a lot of animals for crazy reasons. 

It was the sheer number of animals who were affected by Chicken Licken's melodrama, and how they panicked over it. The fox gave me the creeps, but thankfully no bird gets harmed by the end. It's reminds me of the tale of the boy who cried wolf, in that a lot of drama happens initially for no reason, and then there is a genuine reason to be alarmed. 

Suggested read
Yesterday I reviewed another fairytale retelling, The Three Little Pigs by Mara Allperin and Ag Jatkowska (Children's, Picture book, 10E/10E) link to follow

No comments: