October 27, 2014
Extraordinary Warren Saves the Day by Sarah Dillard
Extraordinary Warren Saves the Day
by Sarah Dillard
Life is changing on the farm as Coach Stanley works Warren and the other chicks at a variety of stretches and exercises. Then there’s singing, nap time and hide-and-seek. Warren also has a new friend. If you’ve read Extraordinary Warren, you may recall that at the end of the story Egg hatches. Egg is now out and about with Warren, learning all he can and asking tons of questions.
Eventually, Egg’s curiosity gets him in trouble when this little chicken crosses the road, encounters a grumpy cow and then gets lost in a corn field. Warren realizes that his friend is missing when Egg is the only chick he can’t find during hide-and-seek. He sets of to find his friend and get them both home.
If you aren’t familiar with Dillard’s Warren books, these early readers are part graphic novel and part standard text. She has a playful approach to the graphic novel element. Some panels are neatly boxed in while others run free across the page. When one of the chicks is hanging upside, his speech is upside down as well.
Willard the Rat makes another appearance although he’s slightly less villainous than in Extraordinary Warren. Yes, he’s snarky. No, he can’t entirely be trusted. But guess who sets out to find Warren and Egg when they’ve been gone to long? Sure, the other chicks organize a search party but it is nothing like the search parties that actually find people . . . or chicks. Think lights and music for a start. The humor in this book is light and silly.
Warren and Egg have a big brother/little brother kind of relationship that is sure to appeal to young readers. The comic book style illustrations provide plenty of clues to what is happening in the story if a reader stalls out on a particular word.
Share this book with the young dreamer in your life who is just learning to read independently.