2017 Notable Book, Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards
Finally, the day has arrived! Four beautiful eggs hatch and four delightfully fluffy chickens emerge. One little chicken quickly realises she’s different, but not sure why. In a quest to find answers and hopefully a friend, she sets off to explore the farm. Danny Snell’s illustrations are superb… with the use of acrylic paint, pencil and collage on card he has endearingly and perfectly captured the farm yard scenery, the animals and all of Little Chicken Chickabee’s conflicting emotions.
An outstanding picture book of the highest quality which focuses on differences, perseverance, problem solving and ultimately friendship.
Author – Janeen Brian
Janeen Brian is an avid reader, an ex–primary school teacher and an author of over 100 books. Janeen’s books have been translated and won awards including CBCA Honour Awards for Where does Thursday go?, Hoosh! Camels in Australia, Pilawuk- When I was Young and I’m a dirty dinosaur (winner of 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Awards). Janeen’s latest and very endearing picture books include I’m a hungry dinosaur and Mrs Dog.
Illustrator – Danny Snell
Danny Snell is an illustrator living in Adelaide. He trained at the Adelaide Central School of Art, and the University of South Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Design (Illustration) in 1992. Danny is an oddity in that he leads a double life. As a freelance illustrator, he merges collected ephemera with hand drawn elements and textures to produce illustrations for use in editorial, design and advertising. And to ensure that he doesn’t forget how to draw and paint he dons an entirely different hat and illustrates children’s books – rich in colour and layered acrylics.
From The Bottom Shelf
This is a charming story about difference, resilience, courage and perseverance and how these can lead to friendships, even unexpected ones. Beautifully illustrated by Danny Snell, this story works on so many levels. It would be a great read for classes early in this 2017 school year as new groups of children come together and learn about each other while even younger ones will enjoy joining in with the fabulous noises like rankety tankety, sticketty-stackety and flippety-flappity as they learn the sorts of things that are found on a farm.views
From Bridget Coulter, Team Leader at Woodcroft Library
This story reads really well. It has all the attributes of a classic for kids and I loved the message that it’s ok to be different and that somewhere out there is someone else like you who understands and accepts your differences. I’m sure this one would be read again and again. The story also had plenty of repetition and a nice pattern to it which would give the young reader an opportunity to predict what might come next and by this further engage with the story.