Synopses & Reviews
When a young boy learns about what makes art specialandmdash;sometimes itandrsquo;s beautiful, sometimes itandrsquo;s funny, sometimes it tells a storyandmdash;he realizes that these same characteristics are what make his grandmother special, too. As a result, he finds the inspiration to create his own masterpiece thatandrsquo;s one of a kind.
Christopher Awardandndash;winning author Scott Menchin and New York Times bestselling illustrator Harry Bliss have teamed up for a celebration of the power of art and expression, and the extraordinary love between grandparent and child.
"Newbery Medalist DiCamillo (The Tale of Despereaux) joins forces with the formidably talented Bliss (Diary of a Worm) for a series of ripping yarns about a chicken who just can't stay down on the farm. By the time the book reaches its fourth and final chapter (and that word is used more to evoke the book's swashbuckling scale than to indicate a preponderance of text), the indomitable Louise has seen it all and done it all, from escaping pirates on storm-tossed high seas to joining the circus and she's been envisioned as a tasty dish by just about everyone. Not surprisingly, while Louise relishes her wanderlust, she also experiences Weltschmerz here's the hen contemplating the circus: 'Safe in a clown's wig, hidden beneath his hat, Louise thought of the henhouse and what a quiet, spectacularly lion-free place it was.' DiCamillo's brisk, comic narrative crackles with read-aloud savoriness, and her respect for Louise makes the book all the funnier. And where lesser artists might have packed lots of visual nudge-nudges, Bliss creates a thrilling sense of place and puts his wide-eyed heroine front and center. An enlarged format does justice to the details in the art and to the grand sweep of the storytelling. Ages 4 8." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
“DiCamillos brisk, comic narrative crackles with read-aloud savoriness. Bliss creates a thrilling sense of place.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
andquot;This helps fill a critical need for art-loving black child characters. A good bridge to take children from comic tropes to fine art.andquot;
andquot;By steering readers into the heady realm of context, criteria, and taste, everyone becomes a critic - and thatand#39;s an illuminating, empowering thing.andquot;
andquot;The story is well written and serves as a great introduction to art appreciation. The subject matter, along with a tender grandparent relationship, makes this a worthwhile purchase.andquot;
andquot;A good bridge to take children from comic tropes to fine art.andquot;
andquot;Young art history students will enjoy embedded Picasso and Duchamp references. Grandmas, particularly those who belong to the Red Hat Society, will be pleased to be honored as and#39;one of a kind.and#39;andquot;
As Louise ventures out into the great wide world, she's a not-so-chicken chicken who isn't afraid to take flight. Lush illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Bliss bring Newbery Medalist DiCamillo's intrepid, spirited, and hope-filled heroine hilariously to life. Full color.
She longed for adventure.
So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world.
The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar.
Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine . . .
She was brave.
She was fearless.
She was feathered.
She was a chicken.
A not-so-chicken chicken.
About the Author
, author and illustrator of the Christopher Awardandndash;winning Taking a Bath with the Dog
, has created illustrations for many famous products and brands around the world. He lives in New York City and teaches at the Pratt Institute.
Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and New Yorker cover artist. He has illustrated numerous bestselling picture books for children. He lives in Vermont.