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THE MISSING CHICK by Valeri Gorbachev


by Valeri Gorbachev & illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7636-3676-0
Publisher: Candlewick

A napping chick throws the neighborhood into chaos. Mother Hen is quick to brag about her seven helpful chicks when Mrs. Duck drops by for a visit. But when Mrs. Duck points out that there are only six chicks helping, she sets off a search for the missing chick, starting with the house but quickly escalating to calling in the police, the firefighters and a search helicopter. All this noise wakens the sleepy missing chick, who was in the laundry basket all along. Readers will chuckle at Mrs. Duck’s parting words: “Don’t get lost again, little chick!” No sooner does the chick respond then he is falling asleep yet again…this time in an apron pocket. Gorbachev’s softly rendered watercolors take some of the edge off the panicky situation. While the characters’ body langauge speaks volumes, their facial expressions are primarily monotone, however. The building suspense and happy ending combine to make this a good springboard for “what if” conversations, but the paucity of story line and sameness of illustrations make this an additional purchase. (Picture book. 4-6)