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Cheerful Chick

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  32 reviews
A fabulously sunny picture book for the optimist in all of us (or the optimist we wish we could be!)

Right from the moment Chick is born, she wants to lead the other animals in cheer! Unfortunately, the rest of the barnyard just isn't quiiiite as enthusiastic. Lucky for little Chick she has a whole squad of siblings who are backing her up (even when she doesn't realize it)!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Cassandra Elise
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book has adorable illustrations and a good message about marching to the beat of your own drum. I guess what I found puzzling was why everyone was so mean to the cheerful chick at first. On the last page you learn the adults had all be busy "working," and were now free to enjoy the chick and her friend's cheers, but that didn't explain why they were so rude to the poor little hatchling pages before. I guess I shouldn't expect crystal-clear logic in a kid's picture book. ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Joyful and fun and reads aloud wonderfully. Highly recommended for ages 4-6 (my son loved it!).
This upbeat cheery book would be a terrific read aloud to share with young readers. With brightly colored illustrations and fun rhyming text, this book tells about a young chick that is tired of the boring dreary mood in the barn and is determined to build a cheering squad that will make things a little more exciting. I love how the little chick doesn't let the others get her down, but does her best to see the bright side of life. ...more
Although I've always been accused of being something of a cheerleader myself, tending to look on the bright side of life rather than the dismal side, I wasn't particularly enamored by this picture book. Maybe the slings and arrows of life and disappointments over the decades have hammered away at my cheerful nature and lessened my enjoyment of this book or maybe the fact that Chick keeps trying to get everyone in the barnyard to join her squad when it's clear from the illustrations that she alre ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some individuals from the moment of their first breath are destined to be different. They have sunshine in their souls, desiring to shout it out. Happiness is not a momentary mood for them but a way of life.

In their efforts to encourage others to choose an optimistic outlook, they do everything in their power to be their personal best. Cheerful Chick (Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., January 1, 2019) written by Martha Brockenbrough with illustrations by Brian Won is not onl
Ms Threlkeld
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Chick popped out of her egg peeping, feeling happy and wanting to encourage others to find joy. With pompoms in hand she practices her moves until they feel just right and then she sets off across the farm to inspire the rest of the animals to show off their acrobatic skills. Sadly, everyone brushes her off, either because they are too busy, too grumpy or just not in the mood. Will Chick ever find the enthusiastic squad she dreams of? This is a cute rhyming story about those upbeat characters wh ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I chose this at Book Fair yesterday as an extra book to read to my daughter. I really liked the cover and thought it might be a fun book. My daughter liked the story and the little cheers that the chick yelled throughout. It's definitely a "cheer mom" kind of book. Lol. Cute, upbeat, but probably a book liked more by parents than kids, unless the kids are already really into cheering. ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I received this library book as part of my Scholastic Book Crate subscription and after reading it, I didn't love it. If you have a student who loves cheerleading they will probably love it but the story fell a little flat for me. The illustrations are super cute but other than that, it was just ok. ...more
Rebecca Gomez
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is cute and fun, despite a few bumps in the meter. The ending wasn’t as satisfying as it could have been, however. I don’t buy the idea that the adults joined in the fun because their “work” was done. Seems like the rhyme was driving the story at that point because it was clear throughout the book that the adults simply didn’t want to be bothered.
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Adorable! I don't always like children's books that have a rhyme sequence but this was very well done and added to the story. The illustrations and colorful and sweet- the little chicks are my favorite. :) ...more
Chick was born to cheer, but not everyone thinks as she does. In this rhyming story, Chick goes out of her way to get the other animals to join her cheer team, but she is met with negativity at every turn.
Maureen Agnes
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice message of staying true to one self - even when the people around you might not understand you. Enjoyed the background story of how staying true to one self may inspire others when you don't even know it. ...more
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovely lovely book :)
Syntha Green
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Illustrations are great, nice message about being yourself and finding your tribe
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is delightful! Lots of enthusiasm, self confidence (ultimately), and barnyard sounds.
Tina Hoggatt
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Definitely cheerful, featuring a cheering chick. Illustrations by Brian Won and delightful rhyming text. What's not to love? Shake those pompoms! ...more
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Brian Won's illustrations were what kept me turning pages. ...more
Chick is all about cheering, cheering, cheering.
Aliza Werner
Love the feminist/girl power layer of this story!
Karla Winick-Ford
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little long but small group liked it
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, pj-storytime
Read for Dance storytime. Fun barnyard story with a cheerleader theme.
Brenda Kahn
Meh, this one didn't do it for me. I like the concept and the art. The rhyme-scheme felt a bit clunky as did the logic of the story for me. ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun, uplifting, and full of smiles! You'll cheer for Cheerful Chick! ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Somewhat cute and fluffy story of a chick who wants to be a cheerleader.
Good rhyming book for a storytime read-aloud...but, chicks being born to be cheerleaders? Not sure the message is what I'm looking for. ...more
Miss Sarah
Nov 02, 2019 rated it liked it
A little chicken is so excited to help cheer on all the animals but they are not so thrilled for her cheering. Can she find someone who appreciates her cheerfulness? Preschool and up
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love the cheerful chick! She keeps trying, and stays cheerful, and cheers for others This is a great mentor text for writers to study the arc of story and for character study.
Oct 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture
Cute, charming, solid rhymes.
Jillian Heise
The message behind the story (see Martha's tweet thread about it) makes this even more of a great girl power addition to a classroom or school library. ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Very cute
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Martha Brockenbrough is author of The Game of Love and Death, Finding Bigfoot, The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy, and Devine Intervention, books for young readers. For adults, she has written Things That Make Us [Sic], a hilarious guide to things that can go wrong with English, and It Could Happen to You, a diary of her first pregnancy. She's the founder of National Grammar Day and SPOGG, the Society for t ...more

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