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Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken

Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken

Fall 2008 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Harry Bliss
Author: Kate DiCamillo
ISBN: 978-0-06-075554-6
Hardcover Price: $17.99
Everything from the heroine's wacky name to the ornately embossed title to the cover itself-a dramatic seascape featuring a snow-white chicken adrift on the high seas clutching a broken log-broadcasts both the comedy and the adventure awaiting intrepid readers who dare to open this book. And those who do will not be disappointed. To the repeated refrain of "Her heart beat fast within her feathered breast." Louise has not one, not two, but three adventures involving, in order, pirates on the high seas (she survives a shipwreck and paddles ashore); a lion in the circus (she evades its jaws and hides in a clown's wig); and a bevy of downtrodden fellow-fowls in an exotic bazaar (she picks the lock on the cage and sets them free). If it all seems a bit far-fetched, that would (of course) be the point. Harry Bliss's high-camp illustrations of a long-lashed Louise squeezed in a hairy pirate's hand, aloft on the high wire under the big top, and having her feathers read by a fortune teller add hugely to the comic fun. Best of all, each adventure comes full circle, ending where it began: the unrepentant hen asleep in her nesting box, beak tucked under her doubt dreaming of adventures past and others yet to come.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.

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