Synopses & Reviews
From the illustrator of Little Pea
comes a gleeful, goofy, gorgeous celebration of being new, curious, and ready to take on the world — perfect for fans of Duck and Goose
A baby chick bursts from his egg and into the world with hilarious enthusiasm, awe, and I-can't-help-myself energy, capturing babies' delight in new discovery and parents' joy in this amazing new person. Rompy, rhyming text evokes the zeal of a toddler who's eager for everything. And Jen Corace's gorgeous artwork is alive with critters and curiosities and surprises — the biggest of which? The hatching of a new baby sister, to the absolute delight of her now "expert" big brother!
Breathless, breathtaking, and downright funny, this story is sure to find fans in new moms, toddlers, and big brothers and sisters too.
"'CRACK!' Using its cute little head as a battering ram, a killdeer chick emerges from its egg, and on long spindly legs asserts its bubbly personality: 'I've studied me, and oh, my word,' writes Esbaum, 'I am one amazing bird!' With a 'Kil-DEE!/ Kil-DEE!/ Kil-DEE-DEE-DEE!' the bird scoots around its idyllic habitat, literally grabbing lunch with Mama 'Snails and beetles,/ worms (a bunch!)' and meeting with an even newer-born sister ('Don't worry, I know EVERYTHING!'). Although the singsong rhyming can veer toward cutesiness, Esbaum (Tom's Tweet) captures the egocentric worldview and inexhaustible energy of a bird toddler while presenting a refreshingly species-specific narrative. But the real attraction is Corace's (The Steadfast Tin Soldier) ink, watercolor, and pencil drawings, a nicely calibrated mix of cheery spot illustrations and more theatrical spreads. The hand-drawn lines and appliqué-like use of colors create a rustic, stylized playfulness that invigorates the rural setting, while conveying the sense of a charismatic young hero-in-the-making. Ages 2 4. Author's agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Jill Esbaum is a full-time writer who lives on a farm with her husband and children in Dixon, IA.
Jen Corace is the illustrator of Little Pea, Little Oink, and Little Hoot, among many other books. She lives in Providence, RI.