Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale (Chicken Little #1)

by Sam Wedelich (Author) Sam Wedelich (Illustrator)

Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale (Chicken Little #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Chicken Little

The perfect summer book about checking facts, questioning false narratives, and not being a chicken when it comes to speaking the truth!

Who are you calling little?

"In this clever spin on the classic tale... empathy ends up saving the day, and the moral (don't believe everything you hear; check the facts) is broadcast loud and clear." -- The Horn Book

"Whimsy reigns in Wedelich's debut picture book... A spry readaloud that will entertain adults and listeners in equal measure." -- Publishers Weekly

Chicken Little is NOT afraid of anything. Well, okay, maybe a mysterious BONK to the head can produce panic. But only momentarily. It's not as though she meant to send the barnyard into a tailspin, thinking that the sky was falling. How ridiculous! But can she calm her feathered friends with facts and reason?

A timeless favorite becomes a clever cautionary tale in this FUNNY, fresh, and timely picture book debut by cartoonist, Sam Wedelich!


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Publishers Weekly

Whimsy reigns in Wedelich's debut picture book, a reimagining of the classic doomsday story. Punchy speech balloons and spare, loosely lined digital cartoons imbue the title character with abundant personality and humorous mood swings. Sporting oversize red specs and diminutive red boots, the confident chick insists that she is "not little! I am petite!... and I'm not afraid of anything!" She's rattled after an unidentified object drops from above ("Bonk!") but insists that there must be a reasonable explanation: "It's not like the sky is falling.... That's ridiculous! Or is it?" The curious chicken climbs a ladder to have a candid conversation with the sky--represented by quirky facial features suspended in the air--which insists that it is not falling ("No. Honestly, I'm fine"). But an inevitable misunderstanding ensues, with Chicken Little proclaiming it "clucky chaos! Utter hen-demonium!" before calming the frantic flock, which shifts its attention to bandaging her "bonk." Sprawling across vertical matte pages dominated by teal and ochre hues, Wedelich's hand-lettered text mimics her story's high energy, while the hens' wry asides ("We're free-range!") amplify the comedy. A spry readaloud that will entertain adults and listeners in equal measure. Ages 4-8. (June)

Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

Praise for Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale:

In this clever spin on the classic tale, Chicken Little makes it clear-right from the get-go-that she's got plenty of pluck... Wedelich's hand-lettered text is chockful of humor... Equally chuckle-worthy, Wedelich's loose-lined digital illustrations feature a protagonist who sports cowboy boots and oversized spectacles, both tinted fire-engine red. In this fractured fable, empathy ends up saving the day, and the moral (don't believe everything you hear; check the facts) is broadcast loud and clear. — The Horn Book

Whimsy reigns in Wedelich's debut picture book, a reimagining of the classic doomsday story. Punchy speech balloons and spare, loosely lined digital cartoons imbue the title character with abundant personality and humorous mood swings...Sprawling across vertical matte pages dominated by teal and ochre hues, Wedelich's hand-lettered text mimics her story's high energy, while the hens' wry asides (We're free-range!) amplify the comedy. A spry readaloud that will entertain adults and listeners in equal measure. — Publishers Weekly

Sam's whimsical line brings to life a contemporary take on a classic character. This unexpected story has a great message and many laughs. — Kirkus Review

The whole episode takes on a kinder, gentler slant... [and] this chicken, stylish in her red cowboy boots and huge eyeglasses, is worthy of admiration for her ability to pullet together in the wake of a sudden mishap. — Booklist

Sam Wedelich
Sam Wedelich is the creator of Chicken Little: The Real and Totally True Tale (Petite Poulette: Une histoire absolument vraie) and also a cartoonist, illustrator, and designer who has created visual displays for Anthropologie and Free People. She is hard at work painting, drawing, reading, knitting, sewing, biking, dancing, and seeking beauty while raising two kids with her husband in the Bronx, New York. You can visit her at samwedelich.com or follow her on Instagram at @samwedelich.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9781338359015
Lexile Measure
-
Guided Reading Level
0
Publication date
June 20, 2020
Series
Chicken Little

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