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'Brave Chicken Little' by Robert Byrd: A retelling of the classic fairy tale

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Brave Chicken Little by Robert Byrd

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Kids will love "Brave Chicken Little" as Robert Byrd reimagines the story. It begins in the same way as the classic story, with Chicken Little fearing that the sky is falling down. He races off to warn the king and meets the rhyming animals who all decide to accompany him on his journey.

Kids love the sounds of the names: Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Turkey Lurkey, Piggy Wiggy, Rabbit Babbit, Natty Ratty, Froggy Woggy, Roly and Poly Moley, and of course, Foxy Loxy.

Clever (and hungry) Foxy Loxy lures the unsuspecting animals to his lair, where they meet Mrs. Foxy Loxy and their kits: Foxy Boxy, Foxy Doxy, Foxy Hoxy, Foxy Moxy, Foxy Noxy, Foxy Poxy, and Foxy Soxy (who are all licking their lips). Chicken Little (spoiler alert) does manage to outfox Foxy Loxy but the ending is a bit different from that of the original tale.

The illustrations are beautifully done in a combination of pencil, pen and watercolor. The illustrator said, "The artwork is drawn in pen line over pencil, and then painted with watercolors over the dry pen line, from light to dark color. The richest colors are many layers of watercolor, always from light to dark." The details are lovely and will keep kids entranced long after the actual story is told.

Please note: This review is based on the final hardcover book provided by the publisher, Viking Juvenile, for review purposes.

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