Little Chicken’s Big Christmas – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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41HlJf+jITL._AA300_PIkin4,BottomRight,0,-15_AA300_SH20_OU01_Title: Little Chicken’s Big Christmas

Written by Jerry Davis

Illustrated by Katie Davis


Ages: 2-5

Themes: Christmas day, anticipation, giving

Available from the Amazon Kindle Store.

Opening Lines:

Little Chicken! Rise ‘n Shine!


Little Chicken, like any littl’un can’t wait for it to be Christmas day, and keeps on asking Big Chicken if it is? Meanwhile the two of them busy themselves with all those typical Christmas preparations: decorating the tree, seeing Santa at the store, wrapping the presents…. Finally Big Chicken wakes up Little Chicken on Christmas morning and we discover the reason Little Chicken had been so excited – no, it’s not all about the presents he’s about to receive!

Why I like this book:

Simple = beautiful. The text is sparse and the storyline is very simple, but therein lays the great appeal of this Christmas story. The funky font is great fun and the bright, bold digital pictures against the monochrome white background (occasionally blue or green) of lots of typical pre-Christmas excitement-building moments in a child’s life are so true to life and will have readers and listeners nodding their heads in anticipation of the big day. The solution is adorable and I love that in its unfolding there are a couple of pages of Little Chicken alone racing to fulfill his special moment – the illustrations have a super balance of the mom’s calm and the kid’s bubble. The final spread is perfect for a book this wrapped in Christmas’ excitement. The limited color palate is very effective and I confess my eyes trailed Big and Little Chicken’s footwear through the entire book, as they made me laugh so much. This is a perfect read for preschoolers in the days leading up to the Big Day!


Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book.  To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

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9 Responses to Little Chicken’s Big Christmas – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. Awww… now I have to race out and get it, just so I can find out what he’s so excited about. Especially if it is not the presents! Such a cute book. I was so sure you were gonna spill the beans on the ending… lol. Another lovely Christmas story, thanks Joanna.

  2. Rhythm says:

    I wish this one had a real book edition. It looks and sounds really cute! But I have trouble reading a Kindle. I might just have to figure it out though! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Katie definitely has a great sense of humor! Thanks for this pick.

  4. Katie DAvis says:

    Thank you so much for this, Joanna! What a lovely review! 😎

  5. Cute book! I love how Little Chicken is more excited for SOMETHING *hint hint wink wink* than he is for presents! 😀 The cover is cute!

  6. This sounds like a winner for Christmas. Not hint of the ending, so I’m just going to have to buy it! Love the cover and what you share. Lovely review!

  7. This is a cute book for Christmas.

  8. Looks and sounds perfectly adorable! I’ll have to see if my cousin has an e-reader so I can get it for her son. 🙂

  9. Andrea says:

    This looks like such a fun book!

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