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On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. And out of this egg came one big, humongous . . . something. No matter how they try, these clueless chickens can't make sense of the gigantic new member of their family—until he saves the day. With wacky, laugh-out-loud humor and silliness to spare, this BIG twist on the classic Chicken Little story lends a whole new perspective to what it means to be chicken.

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"Compared to panicky Chicken Little, Chicken Big is unflappable. Born 'on a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop,' this newborn towers over four fellow chickens, who decide he must be an elephant (his stature recalls the 'Hyde and Go Tweet' Merrie Melodies cartoon featuring Tweety and Sylvester). When something drops on the smallest hen, she yelps, 'The sky is falling!' Chicken Big calmly says, 'It's only an acorn. They're actually quite tasty.' He is equally placid and helpful when the ditsy chickens freak out over the rain and wind, revising their guesses about his identity--'Apparently, he is an umbrella!' When a fox steals their eggs and Chicken Big foils the crime, they finally figure it out: 'Only one thing could be so smart, so kind, so warm, and so brave.' Graves (Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog) renders his fowl in a palette of gray-blue, taupe, and wheat yellow, with exuberant voice bubbles that highlight the ridiculousness of the smaller chickens' assertions. Graves has great fun at their expense--preserving the message that fools jump to hasty conclusions--and kids will, too. Ages 4 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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With wacky, laugh-out-loud humor and silliness to spare, this "big" twist on the classic Chicken Little story lends a whole new perspective to what it means to be chicken. Full color.

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Some of professional sports' most famous heroes wear football spikes and helmets. Using dynamic action photos and accessible text, this series introduces kids to the stories and stars of eight National Football League teams that have won the game's biggest prizethe Super Bowl trophy.

About the Author

Keith Graves is Professor Emeritus at the Chicken School in Austin, Texas, where he teaches courses in chicken history. Strangely, he has the same name as another guy who wrote the book Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance, as well as some other ridiculous books, but we doubt he's the same guy

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gaby317, November 12, 2010 (view all comments by gaby317)
Reading Chicken Big aloud, you start to enjoy the sound of the words: teeny, itty-bitty, humongous, clucked, enormous, squawked, conked, peeped, splatted, hippopotamus, stomping, teensy-weensy.

It's easy to see how a child hearing and learning the words would get into the rhythm of the book and be captivated by the illustrations of the large, funny looking chick that somehow saves the day. You don't have to be familiar with the story of Chicken Little to appreciate Chicken Big, but a kid who knows the earlier story will surely find Chicken Big particularly fun.

Great sounds, engaging pictures, and a story about friendship and fitting in -- I highly recommend Chicken Big.

Reading level 4 to 8.
ISBN-10: 0811872378 - Hardcover
Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 18, 2010), 40 pages.
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ISBN:
9780811872379
Author:
Graves, Keith
Publisher:
Chronicle Books
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children s humor
Edition Description:
Picture book
Publication Date:
20140304
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
40
Dimensions:
11.25 x 8 x 0.5 in 0.8 lb
Age Level:
04-08

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Compared to panicky Chicken Little, Chicken Big is unflappable. Born 'on a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop,' this newborn towers over four fellow chickens, who decide he must be an elephant (his stature recalls the 'Hyde and Go Tweet' Merrie Melodies cartoon featuring Tweety and Sylvester). When something drops on the smallest hen, she yelps, 'The sky is falling!' Chicken Big calmly says, 'It's only an acorn. They're actually quite tasty.' He is equally placid and helpful when the ditsy chickens freak out over the rain and wind, revising their guesses about his identity--'Apparently, he is an umbrella!' When a fox steals their eggs and Chicken Big foils the crime, they finally figure it out: 'Only one thing could be so smart, so kind, so warm, and so brave.' Graves (Desert Rose and Her Highfalutin Hog) renders his fowl in a palette of gray-blue, taupe, and wheat yellow, with exuberant voice bubbles that highlight the ridiculousness of the smaller chickens' assertions. Graves has great fun at their expense--preserving the message that fools jump to hasty conclusions--and kids will, too. Ages 4 — 8. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , With wacky, laugh-out-loud humor and silliness to spare, this "big" twist on the classic Chicken Little story lends a whole new perspective to what it means to be chicken. Full color.
"Synopsis" by , Some of professional sports' most famous heroes wear football spikes and helmets. Using dynamic action photos and accessible text, this series introduces kids to the stories and stars of eight National Football League teams that have won the game's biggest prizethe Super Bowl trophy.
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