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Chicken Big

4.03  ·  Rating Details ·  1,796 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, giant egg. And out of this egg came one big, humongous . . . something. "It's big!" clucked the little rooster. "It's enormous!" clucked the small chicken. "It's anelephant!" peeped the smallest chicken. "Run for your lives!" they cried. No matter how they try, these clueless chickens can't make se ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 18th 2010 by Chronicle Books (first published August 1st 2010)
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Mar 05, 2014 Kaethe rated it it was amazing
4/49/2011 Cute. I particularly liked the very small and not very bright chicken. ***"Chicken Little" retold in a coop filled with the stupidist chickens ever. Even stupider than actual chickens can be. I hate chickens for anything except food, but I love writers who make me laugh at stupidity.

Library copy.
Amy Forrester
Jun 14, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing
This hilarious spin on the classic Chicken Little story features a band of ditzy chickens who are confused by the presence of a giant chicken who just wants to be part of the gang. When this enormous chicken is born the others aren’t quite sure what to do, but they are fairly sure that it is not a chicken. It’s so big, it must be an elephant! The small and not-so-bright chickens are easily fooled into thinking the sky is falling or leaking, but luckily the large chicken manages to save the day b ...more
Gregory Walters
Jul 07, 2011 Gregory Walters rated it really liked it
I have author envy. It arises whenever I see a book title like Chicken Big. Of course. How obvious. Take the classic Chicken Little and give it a twist. But it only became obvious after author/illustrator Keith Graves beat me to publication. And, I must admit, his goofy book is more amusing than anything I could have hatched.

The story begins when "a very small hen laid a big, humongous egg". The other chickens don't know what to make of the giant hatchling. The smallest chicken ("not the sharpes
Karen A.
Feb 16, 2011 Karen A. rated it really liked it
Chicken Big is so big the other chickens (who are not all that bright) think he might be an elephant. But they are confused when he eats an acorn, shelters them from the weather, and keeps them warm. That is not what an elephant does!!! Well what is he?? Will they figure it out?? Funny and clever picture book. Should appeal to parents and younsters. Also a good for an 'opposite' themed story time. Preschoolers.
A retelling of Chicken Little with a large hero, Chicken Big, who just wants acceptance from the other chickens. Inset panels and speech bubbles add humor and visual interest.
Rebecca Tucker
Feb 15, 2017 Rebecca Tucker rated it it was amazing
• Summary: A baby chick hatches but something sets him apart from all of the others; he is much bigger. The other chicks, quickly suspecting he is an intruder elephant, kick him out of the coop and make him stay there. As the chicks face new challenges, the big chick tries his hardest to prove that he is just like everyone else. Unfortunately, each new situation causes the chicks to think that the big chick is just a different animal or object. In the end, the big chick’s heart and bravery prove ...more
Feb 13, 2017 Gervy rated it really liked it
Matti Davis
Title: Chicken Big
Author: Keith Graves
Genre: Online book
Theme(s): Be true to who you are, friendship, Don’t let others define you
Opening line/sentence:
On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coup, a very small hen laid a big humongous, egg.
Brief Book Summary:
In the beginning of this book, a hen lays a very big egg. The chicken hatches and none of the other animals know what it is because it is so big. They confuse it with several objects but in the end the figure out it is a chicken becaus
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
Keith Graves is kind of a brilliant guy. I mean he has written a story that's a great read-aloud and which had my two children and myself racing to the end to see what happens.

The story begins with an EGG BIG being laid. Out from it pops a really huge chick. He's so large in fact that the other chickens don't recognize what he is. They stand around using various modifiers that mean BIG until the Smallest Chicken, who isn't "the sharpest beak in the flock", exclaims that Big Chick must be an elep
Nov 12, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Betrayal. Jealousy. Abandonment. Ah, friendship.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder is about this beauteous thing--friendship. What it means to be a good friend and what it means to be a not so good friend.

Jessie, Bizza, and Char are the best of friends. Until Bizza and Char go punk--without Jessie. Char dyes her hair red and buys combat boots. Bizza shaves her head and steals the love of Jessie's life. Jessie... still has the same hair she's had since forever and the only identity revolution she's makin
Margo Tanenbaum
This is an absolutely hilarious re-telling of Chicken Little, perfect for lovers of fractured fairy tales or for anyone looking for a great read-aloud for kids from 4 to 8. Older children will also enjoy the quirky humor and comical drawings. In this story, a very small chicken on a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, lays a humongous egg, from which pops a humongous chick. The not-too-bright chickens in the coop don't know what it is, thinking it might be an elephant, a squirrel, an umbre ...more
Sep 03, 2010 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A fractured version of the classic Chicken Little story, this book is big on chickens and big on humor too. A huge chick is born on a tiny farm in an itty-bitty coop. When the chick hatches, the chickens try to figure out what in the world it is. It’s big, even enormous, so it must be an elephant! That theory only lasts until an acorn falls on the head of one of the chickens and the big chick eats it up rather than running in fear. If it eats acorns, then it must be a squirrel! When rain starts ...more
Christina Taylor
Aug 02, 2012 Christina Taylor rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
Graves’ picturebook Chicken Big is a postmodern reimagining of the classic tale of Chicken Little in which the audience’s expectations are thwarted at every turn. A chorus of minor characters—comprised of a rooster and three hens whose increasingly diminishing height mirrors their intelligence and rationality—drive the plot, beginning with a conversation on the title page in which they decide what to call the text. The chorus’ series of erroneous conclusions as to what exactly the title characte ...more
Cricket Muse
Jan 01, 2014 Cricket Muse rated it really liked it
“On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, humongous egg.” Thus begins the tale of Chicken Big by Keith Graves. Those familiar with the age old story of Chicken Little will crack up at this modern twist. Chicken Big, however, is no small fry when it comes to holding his own against those henyard hooligans who do their best to belittle him with their various name-callings. Nope, Chicken Big shows perseverance and patience is often the best way to deal with those ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 4-7
When a humongous chick hatches from his egg on a teeny little farm, a little rooster and three small chickens cannot figure out what it is. The smallest chicken (who's not the sharpest crayon in the box), decides he's (the humongous chick, a.k.a. Chicken Big) an elephant. He cannot stay in the coop due to his size and being an elephant.

The next day an acorn falls and hits the smallest chicken on the head (Hmmm...Sound familiar?). She of course believes the sky is falling and persuades the others
Lisa Hannon
Jun 09, 2014 Lisa Hannon rated it it was amazing
This is a first for me by this author. I picked it up at the Scholastic Book Warehouse sale. Reading it on my own I might call it a "groaner." Very funny, but I kept asking myself the obvious questions as an adult. "How dumb can these chickens be?" It will appeal to my first graders on all counts. I "cackled" at the opening scene which shows the small hen who laid the enormous egg (poor thing!). It is full of fun illustration, speech bubbles, and fun use of font size and color. As a teacher I wo ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This book was another book that won the Washington State Childrens Choice Picture Book Award. I loved this book and thought it was so cute, funny, and heart warming. The book was about a chicken that was born in a very small chicken house and he was HUGE and the other chickens didn't like him and made fun of him for being so large. However, with each new struggle that they encountered the Chicken Big could help the other chickens out and did so without asking for anything in return. Finally, the ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This story kind of reminded me of a more comedic version of Lambert the Sheepish Lion. The chicken is larger than all the chickens around him, so they assume he is not a chicken and send him out of the chicken house. Of course, all the chickens are a little bit bonkers to begin with, and for some reason, they listen to the chicken that is the wackiest of them all, so they assume he is all sorts of other thinks that are so absurd that the reader can't help but laugh. Of course, by the end, the ch ...more
Nov 12, 2010 Gaby rated it it was amazing
Reading Chicken Big aloud, you start to enjoy the sound of the words: teeny, itty-bitty, humongous, clucked, enormous, squawked, conked, peeped, splatted, hippopotamus, stomping, teensy-weensy.

It's easy to see how a child hearing and learning the words would get into the rhythm of the book and be captivated by the illustrations of the large, funny looking chick that somehow saves the day. You don't have to be familiar with the story of Chicken Little to appreciate Chicken Big, but a kid who know
Amanda Carpenter
Aug 30, 2014 Amanda Carpenter rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Graves, Keith, (2010). Chicken Big. Chronicle Books.

Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award in 2010


This book had many characters so the narrator can be very animated with the voices. The pictures are very descriptive and the text is lively and upbeat. This book is about a chicken who was enormous and did not look like the other chickens. At first the other chickens were not accepting of the big chicken, but as the story reads through, the big chicken proves he is one of them
Louisa Verma
Jul 28, 2012 Louisa Verma rated it it was ok
This reminded me of the Mo Willems "Pigeon wants a…." books although I much prefer those over this title. This book didn't grab me but my girls keep wanting me to read it to them so there must be something there for kids! I like some of the implied sentiment in the book---i.e. being different can be a good thing--- but it is a very subtle sentiment and the chicken has to go through a lot before he is finally accepted as a chicken! There is also subtle "bullying" as the other chickens will not ac ...more
Jun 07, 2016 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-books
We read this because it was on one of the library's summer reading challenge lists. I'm actually really glad that we picked it up. I thought it might be strange, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think older kids will appreciate it more - my daughter (who is just under 2) is too young to understand the humor in the smallest chicken constantly thinking that Big Chicken is some other type of animal.

The story was humorous, for me anyway. My daughter did seem to enjoy how Big Chicken came to the res
Jan 25, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Silly fun. A big, humongous chick is born into a coop of dim-witted, regular-size chickens. The story is a little bit Ugly Duckling, a little bit Chicken Little, and a little bit Seven Blind Mice, as they try to figure out the giant in their midst.

I thought the illustrations could have benefitted from a little less detail; with all the muted colors, the small chickens are hard to see, and it's hard to tell where to focus your eyes. And the final word "chicken" is so decorated as to be almost ill
Jan 08, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Get ready for some giggling because this book delivers! This is a twist on the traditional "Chicken Little" story. These 4 chickens who live on a farm in a very very tiny chicken coop are shocked and a little misinformed when a very very large chicken hatches. It turns out that this new chicken BIG is quite an asset for these silly little chickens. He's an elephant who introduces them to new delicious cuisine, an umbrella who protects them from the sky falling and so much more! He becomes espe ...more
Nov 11, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-book, k-2, funny
“On a teeny little farm, in an itty-bitty coop, a very small hen laid a big, humongous egg.” The giant chicken that emerges is an outcast among the others and they interject ideas as to what kind of animal he truly is. He’s a squirrel? He’s a hippopotamus? When things begin to go wrong at the farm the gigantic chicken’s big heart is revealed. Will the others be able to see past his different appearance and accept him for the chicken that he is?
This is a cute twist on the classic tale of Chicken
May 02, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 2nd/3rd graders
When an oversized chick hatches from an egg, the chickens aren't sure what to make of him. They first think he's an elephant so they banish him from the chicken coop. Then they see him eating acorns so they think he's a squirrel. When he shields them from the rain, they think he's an umbrella. This confusion continues until the big chick stops a fox from stealing eggs out of the coop. Then he is accepted as a true chicken.

Kids will enjoy the absurdity of the chicken's assumptions and may realize
Bah ha ha! This book made me laugh aloud! On a teeny little farm, a hen lays a humongous egg, out of which hatches…a massive chicken! The only problem is that it’s so large, none of the other chickens knows it’s a chicken. Every time Chicken Big does something new, the smallest chicken (in a voice that rings alarmingly true for anybody who knows a know-it-all) confidently declares it something new: an elephant, a squirrel, an umbrella. Will the other chickens ever realize that Chicken Big…is a c ...more
Mar 29, 2011 Candice rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Sophie - when she's older
Shelves: picture-books
A silly book in the manner of Chicken Little. In a tiny hen house, a small hen lays a huge egg and out hatches a humongous chicken. He is so big that the other chickens don't even think he's a chicken. At first they think he's an elephant. Then when one of the chickens gets hit on the head with an acorn and thinks the sky is falling, Chicken Big eats the acorn and they think he's a squirrel. He continues to save the chickens from their own stupidity until he makes one heroic rescue and the other ...more
Aug 19, 2010 Gmr rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers of all ages
Recommended to Gmr by: Chronicle Books
Top notch review for many of which is that while this is a picture book aimed at audiences approximately 4-8 years old, it can truly be enjoyed by one and all. The crazy/fun little chickens and their lack of understanding about the "BIG" disturbance in their family circle provides BIG fun. Expressed through comical quotes and thought bubbles, you'd think that'd be enough...nope. The author and illustrator worked hand in hand and provided wonderful illustrations to match the mood o ...more
When a very large egg hatches and a much larger than normal, chick emerges, all the other poultry are convinced that he cannot possibly be a chicken. He is misidentified as a squirrel, a sweater, and even an umbrella because of his actions. But after he rescues the eggs stolen by a fox, they all agree that he is simply a very, very large chicken. The illustrations, created with pencils and pixels, are lively and will keep readers engaged. This is a wonderfully delightful read aloud title, filled ...more
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