May 17, 2012
Blue Chicken, written and illustrated by Deborah Freedman
When the cat’s away, the mice will play. In this case, the cat is the illustrator and the mouse? A chicken who just wants to help.
The illustrator is away from her work when one of the chickens in the painting decides that today is the perfect day for painting the barn. Chicken decides to help.
Instead of successfully painting the barn, she tips a pot of blue paint that soon turns the ground, the pansies, the ducklings, the cat, the cow and more a vibrant shade of blue. Chicken runs for help but what can she do? Is there anyway to undo the blue?
With only 134 words, Blue Chicken is deceptively simple as only a book created by an author/illustrator can be.
Freedman’s illustrations aren’t complex but they clearly convey the shock of the chicken, the joy of the ducklings and more as emotions wash over character and reader alike as the blue paint washes over the page.
Children will easily identify with the chicken who just wanted to help but was too small to handle the paint. Don’t be surprised when the kids want to discuss what they would have done in the chicken’s place!
This imaginative book will keep readers young and old coming back for more as they study the art, read the text and delight in the fun.