Author: Bynum, Janie
Everyone in Chick's family is too busy to chat with her. But when chatty baby Chick adopts a large egg--she finally finds a friend who is a good listener. When her egg goes missing, Chick is heartbroken, until she finds that it has hatched into a brand-new friend!
Kirkus Reviews (11/15/20)
School Library Journal (00/02/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 01/01/2021 Pear-shaped Baby Chick is a talker, and the household is rather overwhelmed by her constant jabber. One morning, the other members of her family are too busy to listen to the little one’s incessant prattling—Mama is picking bugs for a meal, Papa is crowing, and sister is reading books such as Find Your Inner Chicken. So Baby Chick fills her wagon with essentials—a trowel for playing in the mud, two cake pans, a watering can, a blanket, and a polka-dotted stuffed elephant—and goes off by herself. Peeping quietly as she digs, the young fowl unearths an egg which she takes home. Though she's made to return the egg, she comes back to talk to it until it hatches into a new friend. Cheerful watercolor illustrations are filled with the round chick’s ceaseless peeping and obvious joie de vivre. By tale’s end, Baby Chick's family appears to be quite pleased that the exuberant bird has someone who loves listening to her chitchat. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 02/12/2021 PreS-K—Baby Chick has a lot to say, and their family is overwhelmed by the chattering! Luckily, there is someone new to talk to—a large egg buried under dirt. What will happen when the egg hatches? The egg turns out to be a turtle, who is only too happy to listen to Baby Chick peep. Bynum includes some subtle joking for slightly older readers: Baby Chick's sister reads a pile of books including A Coop of One's Own and Find Your Inner Chicken, and later suggests that Baby Chick "hit the hay." Dynamic digital illustrations in pastel tones detail Baby Chick's search for someone to listen and celebrate a joyful quest. Readers will delight in the full-page spreads with simple detailed backgrounds, and will enjoy following the antics of a stuffed elephant toy from page to page. The plot isn't as strong as the illustrations, and some adult readers might take issue with a few elements: Baby Chick's family doesn't have time for the youngest member, which is really sad, and it's a little nerve-wracking for the egg to be dug up from where it was safely buried. At times, the book comes close to making statement on talking too much or taking things that do not belong to you but never quite spells it out VERDICT The illustrations turn an adequate text into something truly charming.—Kelsey Socha, Westfield Athenaeum, Westfield, MA - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.