Picture Book Review: My Life as a Chicken, as told to Ellen A. Kelley, pictures by Hichael Slack

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When Pauline Poulet
learns she’ll be the next special of the day at Cock-a-Doodle-Doo Café,
she flies the coop faster than you can say “Chicken pie, delicious”!
Thus begins her journey of peril and catastrophe, courage and chance:
She is chased. She is dunked. She is tossed tail over beak. But can
Pauline escape the dinner plate?     Kids everywhere will love clucking
along with this chicken’s battle cry: “Pauline, prevail!”

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Humor oozes from every page of this delightful picture book!  It was funny, witty, and engaging.  Wildly entertaining, My Life as a Chicken will have children and adults laughing at the long string of misfortunes that befall Pauline as she tries to escape one hungry creature after another.   

The writing is well done and there are just enough words to every page that the story moves forward nicely.   

I am giving this book four stars.  The only reason it is not getting five stars is because there are a few instances where the words are mixed around so much that they are difficult for children to understand, and a couple of the pictures are too dark to see what is happening very easily.

The Illustrations: The artwork is unique and stylized.  It fits right in with the style of the writing and compliments it very well.  The only complaint I had was the one I mentioned in the paragraph above.  Other than that, this was a very fun read out loud book!

Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books (May 1, 2007)
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