Blue Chicken: Book Review

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman - read the review at Miss Jenny's Classroom and then buy the bookChicken just wants to help finish the picture by painting the barn blue. What could possibly go wrong?

Title: Blue Chicken
Author: Deborah Freedman
Illustrator: Deborah Freedman
ISBN: 9780670012930          Language: English

Classification: Fiction
Themes: chickens, painting

What’s it about?
Blue Chicken is the story of an illustration that has a barn, barnyard, chicken coop, and a few animals. One of the chickens decides she wants to help paint the barn blue – but uh, oh! She topples the jar and everything turns blue!

The text is simple and easy to understand. The illustrations are cute and engaging.

There’s not really much of a story.

Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman - read the review at Miss Jenny's Classroom and then buy the bookMy Thoughts
I’ll be honest – I’m not that keen on this story because there really isn’t much of a story. An over-enthusiastic chicken decides to help “paint the barn” in an illustration but instead she topples the jar and everything is blue. Then she climbs up with the help of a duckling and spills the water – and miraculously the entire illustration is back to normal (except for the sky which stays blue – albeit a different shade to that used in the book). At the end of the story the chicken and the duckling watch as a lady goes to a barn outside the window to paint it…red – and they are as well.

Now my kids on the other hand really love this book. If you follow the posts you’ll know my kids just love chickens (which is how we ended up with this book from the library) and they loved the spilling of the paint! Admittedly the discussions around why the ducklings had green on them (the mixing of the original yellow and the blue) was a good teaching point and one the kids talk about each time we read it.

For me though there just isn’t much there. Lovely illustrations but I wonder if perhaps they should have just foregone the text and released this one as a no-word picture book.

So this one your children might like if they are chicken fans (or painting fans maybe) but don’t hold any high expectations.

What do you think?