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Chicken Little

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  659 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
BONK! An award-winning father-daughter team make the sky fall an entirely new way.
You may already know the tale of a not-quite-so-bright little chicken whose encounter with an acorn and gravity convinces him the sky is falling, but youÕve never seen the story told this way. A brilliant collaboration brings us a bold and colorful retelling of the classic tale, as crazy-eyed
Hardcover, 34 pages
Published March 3rd 2009 by Roaring Brook Press
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Jan 17, 2009 Betsy rated it it was amazing
You know, I never much cared for the Chicken Little story before now. That has all changed now. Go. Find this book. Read this book. Love and hold and treasure this book. This is exactly the kind of crazy, wacked-out sense of humor this tale has always required. Loved it.
Apr 03, 2009 Tasha rated it really liked it
We all know the story of Chicken Little. Bonked on the head with an acorn, loses his grip and heads out to tell everyone of the horror that the sky is falling. He gathers a group of feathery friends who believe him and then meets up with the fox who knows just how to take advantage of the opportunity presented to him. The only question with any new edition of the story is whether Chicken Little lives on in the end. Let me reassure you that here he does, so it is fine to use even with sensitive t ...more
Ann Cox
Oct 21, 2014 Ann Cox rated it really liked it
This is a very colorful and fun adaptation of the classic folktale. When a nut falls from a tree and hits Chicken Little in the head, he thinks the sky is falling down and proceeds to tell every other bird in the neighborhood the same thing. Foolishly, they don't question Chicken Little and are convinced that the sky is actually falling down. It's not until Foxy Loxy offers them a place to hide (his mouth!) that they realize they have been tricked. I liked this adaptation because it stuck with t ...more
Katelyn Mooney
Sep 03, 2014 Katelyn Mooney rated it really liked it
When adding this book to my goodreads account I accidentally clicked the wrong one. This is the Chicken Little I read, I believe this is my second to favorite book I read from the library. It would be a wonderful book to read to the students, then watch the movie to compare and contrast what is different and the same. The book ends a different than the movie does, so it would make a good listen on compare and contrast or using different charts. The characters in the book are very creative and ey ...more
Amy Scott
Feb 22, 2015 Amy Scott rated it really liked it
I loved this story as a little kid and after reading this book I learned that I still love it! It has a great message and cute plot. My favorite part are the character names, like Loosey Goosey, and Turkey Lurkey. The illustrations are nice in the book the only thing that really seemed weird to me about this version were the characters' eyes. I know they were a focus because of the last few scenes inside the fox but I thought the way they were drawn was a little creepy. Overall good book and I w ...more
Rebecca Romanoff
Mar 01, 2016 Rebecca Romanoff rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
In this version of Chicken Little I thought the ending was cute and more appropriate for younger children. The overall book was engaging and has great, colorful illustrations. The authors use a lot of bolded words, specifically noises that the animals make. The author also interjects some funny comments in parentheses that will make the reader laugh. I enjoyed this version of Chicken Little more than other because of the illustrations. They are livelier and more fun compared to other versions I ...more
Drew Graham
Jun 16, 2015 Drew Graham rated it liked it
Shelves: me
(Maybe 3.5)

Chicken Little was doing nothing, his usual pastime, when suddenly an acorn fell on his head, and he felt sure the sky was falling. He quickly gathered a gaggle of local fowls and spread the mania, until a fox finally offered them refuge from the impending cataclysm...

When I was looking for the original story that (more or less... mostly less) inspired Disney's Chicken Little as part of my source material read-through, this one stood out to me, as I was a big fan of Ed Emberley's art
Erin Reilly-Sanders
Aug 01, 2010 Erin Reilly-Sanders rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, picturebook
I like the bright and unique combinations of colours that compose the bold and bright pictures in the book. The style of flat colours in rough but distinct shapes is a lot of fun when the natural variations help convey characters. In this work, look at the eyes of the various animals to see how little bumps here and there start to contribute to the overall effect rather just being happenstance. The only part of the illsutrations that I'm not sure if I like or not is how the white clouds on Chick ...more
September Michaud
A book that tells a story. About a paragraph and a half on every two pages. Large, colorful, shaped, pictures. I love Ed and Rebecca Emberley's books.

Lots of humor here. Would make a good read aloud with all of the different animals' voices, especially Chicken Little's frantic personality.

Could be used as a way to teach children about checking sources/not to believe everything they here. To think about things and assess a situation.

Or get eaten by the fox! :D
Sweet on Books
Jan 26, 2011 Sweet on Books rated it really liked it
This modern take on Chicken Little is sure to delight and amuse every reader, children and adults alike! Chicken Little is especially adorable in this edition, and as ditzy as ever. I am tempted to say that the illustrations are the stars here, but the retold tale is just as clever. The illustrations, done in collage style, have colors that are vivid and bright. The illustrations play an equally important role to the text in this book.

The story is written in a humorous and wry style. When Loose
Apr 10, 2011 Jess rated it liked it
Recommended to Jess by: Browsing
A version of Chicken Little that ends (view spoiler)

I love that Emberley cut maybe 90% of the name repetition out of the story. Anyone who's read another version with the 1000 crazy name repetitions will like that. The kids got drawn into the book and were silent and perhaps a bit nervous when we came to the fox and the cave. Isn't it great when that happens?

The few snarky comments make this better suited to around 2nd grade, but younger readers will dig this, too.
Jade Detzer
I did not care for this book as much as the others I have read. The ending just dropped off and I did not like that. There was, however, a lot of repetition which could be used in a language arts lesson. The illustrations were very unique and bright and caught my eye on every page. It was a funny book, but I did not care for the ending.
May 30, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
This book makes Chicken Little make sense. The book is so ridiculous and funny, Chicken Little no longer seems very odd, but perfectly normal in his neighborhood. The ending is great (still a cautionary tale, but more Edward Lear than Hilaire Beloc). And the illustrations are absolutely fantastic.
Amber Fisher
A humorous fiction picture book of a story about Chicken Little who thinks the sky is falling after an acorn hit his head (he isn't the brightest). He puts his umbrella over his head and frantically takes off with out a plan. As he goes about trying to find a place to hide, he runs into his friends, explain to them the sky is falling, and soon they join him under his umbrella thinking the sky is falling. They finally run into a fox and the fox convinces them to hid inside his mouth, but the feat ...more
Mar 05, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it
I gave it an extra star to compensate for the erroneous 1-star review below, which I commented on.

Chicken Little is, of course, a classic fairy tale. This version hews pretty close to the original storyline (the only difference is that the poultry aren't eaten at the end... a disappointment, to be sure, but for some people that's probably a selling point!). The distinction comes in the creative collage-y illustrations, very bright and active and colorful, and the occasional sarcastic comments sp
Mar 30, 2012 jacky rated it it was amazing
This is a very fun telling of this classic tale. I really liked the vocabularly used. It was awesome hearing Natalie say phrases like "scrambled noggin" because she had memorized them since we'd read it so many times. Fun and colorful illustrations, too. I thought at the end that the fox should be saying "chomp" and they should be screaming "ahhhh," but instead it was a sneeze that allows them to run away. This is a PC version, too where no one gets eaten. At first, I didn't make the noises when ...more
Lynn Plourde
May 19, 2014 Lynn Plourde rated it it was amazing
This is a loud-outloud version of CHICKEN LITTLE--the art and the attitude of this book are a riot. The art also features fun sound words--Bonk! Ack! Onk! A must have version of this classic tale!
Chicken Little is a very know character of a very well known tale. This not very smart chicken convinces his friends that the sky is falling down.

The illustrations in this book make it very stimulating for the reader. Along with the authors using a larger font for the sound effects this book will draw in small children. This book could also be used to show how no one wants to be left out throughout this book. They just want to belong and so they do not fully understand what is going on. The real
Megan Staten
This is a really great retelling of Chicken Little. The illustrations are really amazing and the children loved the abstract type of animals.
I really love the illustrations in these Rebecca Emberley books - so fun and colorful and kind of off the wall!
Aug 05, 2016 Jodee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tessa
Good book...crazy chicken little. Unfortunately there are some people in the world like this chicken.
Kay Carman
Feb 23, 2016 Kay Carman rated it liked it
A contender for the 2010 Caldecott Medal, this retelling of a classic children's story has wild, crazy illustrations and a wacky take on that little chicken bonked on the head by an acorn. It made me laugh out loud and I look forward to using it in a preschool storytime, either when I have a chickens or folktales theme.
May 09, 2015 Libby rated it did not like it
The art made me think Chicken Little and friends were a bunch of crack heads.
Sean Dugan-Strout
Dec 09, 2013 Sean Dugan-Strout rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, traditional
This is a classic retelling of Chicken Little, with a twist. The highlight of the book is its unique cut paper designs that are overlaying a white background. This book would be perfect to read to little ones (preschool) as the plot and words are simplistic enough. I like the use of onomatopoeias that each animal makes. Overall, I think the use of a plain background was pretty neat (although kind of lacking in detail) and gave focus to the foreground, and the characters where drawn simply enough ...more
Jun 29, 2013 Danielle rated it it was amazing
This version of Chicken Little, retold by by Rebecca Emberley and Ed Emberley, is a great spin on the classic tale. Throughout the story, we meet the original characters that we all know and love. Chicken Little, Goosy, Lossy, Turkey Lurkey, Lucky Ducky, and of course, Foxy Loxy. However, in this retelling of the story, side humor is inserted throughout the tale. There is even a surprise ending, too! With beautiful illustrations and colorful vocabulary, children are bound to love this book. It i ...more
Nathan Grant
Mar 03, 2016 Nathan Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Funny and simple. Good for animal noises.
Travis Morgan
Oct 27, 2014 Travis Morgan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eec-405, module-3
I will use this book to talk about fears and to explore onomatopoeias.
Nabila Anwar
Oct 27, 2014 Nabila Anwar rated it really liked it
Loved how the colors work. <3
Feb 14, 2010 Erica rated it it was amazing
An absolutely hilarious retelling of Chicken Little. This book had me laughing out loud. The artwork is so silly and the names of all of the characters are silly too - Henny Penny, Lucky Ducky, Loosey Goosey and Turkey Lurkey. The narrator even comments - "Honestly, with names like these, it is any wonder?" One observation that I found particularly funny is that Chicken Little is warning everyone that the sky is falling and she's carrying around a sky-blue umbrella with white clouds that looks j ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Clever illustrations and some fourth wall breaking asides give a fun wink, wink element to this retelling of the classic fable.
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