Written by Leslie Helakoski
Illustrated by Henry Cole
Dutton Children's Books
One day, a wolf sneaks into the farmyard. Four freaked-out feathered friends flap out of the coop and into the woods to hide. The harried hens head deeper into the woods where they find a ditch. They tutter and putter and flutter until one by one, they fall in. They meet a field full of frightening cows. The big chickens squeak and squirm and squawk until one by one, they run into the cow. The panicky poultry head from one terror to the next until, at last, they find safety in a deep, dark cave. Or do they?
These silly chicks (no relation) lead readers on a wild goose chase through the countryside. Cole's playful watercolors are perfectly paired to Helakoski's spunky text. The prose is sprinkled generously with snippets of rhyme, more than a little alliteration (say that five times fast) and a heaping helping of silliness. An eggceptional read aloud.