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Cheerful chick

First edition.
New York : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2019.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Told in rhyme, Chick hatched from her egg wanting to cheer, and lead a barnyard cheering team, but Pig, Cow, and the other animals are not interested--so unless she can find some other cheerers Chick will just have to cheer alone.
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A fabulously sunny picture book for the optimist in all of us (or the optimist we wish we could be!)

Right from the moment Chick is born, she wants to lead the other animals in cheer! Unfortunately, the rest of the barnyard just isn't quiiiite as enthusiastic. Lucky for little Chick she has a whole squad of siblings who are backing her up (even when she doesn't realize it)!

Author Notes

Martha Brockenbrough is the acclaimed author of two books for adults and 10 books for young readers, including Unpresidented; The Game of Love and Death ; Love, Santa ; The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy ; Devine Intervention ; and Cheerful Chick . Martha teaches in the master's program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, their two daughters, and their wonderful old dog. Visit her online at marthabrockenbrough.com.

Brian Won is an illustrator and art director. His debut picture book, Hooray for Hat! , was a Children's Choice Award Finalist and an NPR Best Book. A Chicago native, Brian currently lives in Southern California with his wife and their son. You can visit him online at brianwon.com.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Chick is a natural-born cheerleader. She hatches out of her egg waving pompoms, ready to inspire others with her moves and her words. But to realize her dream, she must ignore all naysayers. Her persistence leads to her dreams coming true; not just for herself, but for the other animals on the farm who want to be cheerful, too. Brockenbrough's cheerleading chicks are male and female. Their feathers range in color from beige to brown. They wear 1950s-style outfits and speak in rhyme. Won uses spreads to emphasize the size contrast between the chicks and the bigger farm animals (pig, horse, cow), and to showcase Chick utilizing the whole farmyard as a gymnasium. VERDICT A funny story about realizing one's dreams and accepting other's natural talents.-Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, Alta. © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Persistence and self-awareness win out in this story of a bird trying to find her true squad. Brockenbrough and Won introduce persistent, perky Chicken, who, much to the chagrin of the entire barnyard, "loved to cheer." Wearing a coordinated sweater and pleated skirt, Chicken practices "side splits, wing stands, super punches" before setting out to realize "her lifelong dream/ to build a barnyard cheering team." Disappointments follow when the barnyard grown-ups-grumpy Mr. Pig, apathetic Ms. Cow, and sleepy Mr. Sheep-one by one rebuff her attempts at inclusion. ("Who am I," mopey Chicken asks, "if I cannot cheer?") Even as she moves from personal defeat to self-realization ("she didn't need those other folk-/ Just wings and legs and lots of yolk"), she fails to notice the retinue of uniformed chicks following her around the farm. But they're the key to her happy ending-and everyone else's. Brockenbrough's rhymes mimic the rhythm and pacing of a cheer, while Won's depiction of Chicken's world is full of color and pep. This is an encouraging tale for the enthusiastic. Ages 4-8. Author's agent: Sarah Davies, Greenhouse Literary. Illustrator's agent: Rubin Pfeffer, Rubin Pfeffer Content. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

A cheerleading chick can't rouse enthusiasm among her farmyard pals. Sis-boom-NAH!Leaving behind 11 siblings in their shells, a newly hatched chick springs from her egg, brandishing pompoms and wearing cheerleaders' gearpleated skirt and sweater emblazoned with the varsity letter "C." Not only does Chick strut fancy moves while yay-ing noisily all day, she also tries to persuade other animals to form a squad to root for the (literal) farm team. Nope. The yolk's on them: After lapsing into a brief funk, the yellow fluffster decides who needs 'em and resolves to create a one-chick team. Guess who shows up: Unbeknownst to Chick (though sharp-eyed readers will have observed it in the artwork all along), her brothers and sisters have hatched, donned their own cheerleader uniforms (that just happened to have arrived in the mail), and have come to join her, while the erstwhile neigh (and oink, moo, and baa) sayers cheer from the sidelines. This is, fittingly, a cheery romp, narrated in bouncy verse that reads and scans well, though the underlying theme may not resonate. Why are chicks so gung-ho about cheerleading? Are many kids among the target audience even familiar with cheerleading and its conventions? The digitally rendered illustrations, mixed with paints and pencil, are lively and energetic, and animals' faces are expressive. Cheerleading calls are incorporated into the text in display type.If not a big somersault, this is a playful bit of fun. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Brockenbrough puts a fun twist on The Little Red Hen fable here, highlighting persistence (in the form of an enthusiastic chick), but ending in communal celebration, not scolding. Cheerful Chick hatches earlier than her siblings, bouncing out of her shell in full cheerleader costume, complete with star-like pompoms. First, she perfects her moves, detailed in hilarious illustrations of her stretching, doing side splits, and shaking her feathers. Chick's mission is to form her own cheerleading squad. She approaches a pig, the cows, the sheep, and the horses, all of whom turn her down. After all this rejection, Chick almost becomes chicken-hearted, but she resolves to do one last, perfect routine (seen in two rollicking pages of nine panels each). Her siblings, now hatched and in their own costumes, join the cheers, as do all the farm animals. The rhyming text and the digital illustrations, mixed with paint textures and pencil drawings, keep things moving nicely. And the lesson Chick learns that dreams can come true represents a great payoff for persistence.--Connie Fletcher Copyright 2018 Booklist