Apr 3, 2012

All By Myself!

All By Myself! (Original French Title: Tout Seul!) (CAN, JP, US, INT)

Written by: GĂ©raldine Collet

Illustrated by: Coralie Saudo

Translated by: Sarah Quinn

Published by: Owl Kids Books

This glimpse into the secret life of baby chicks is seriously adorable.

A group of chicks is left alone in their well-appointed chicken coop when their mothers go out to fetch some food for them (Bon Grain!) . Their imaginations run wild as they imagine various situations, even a wolf coming to visit them. Wee Anthony seems to be the most scared, while his fellow chicks run the gamut from playful to defiant. But don't worry, their mamas arrive back to feed them.

The strength of this book is in the amazing and unique mixed media pictures. This is where the individual characters of the chicks come out. The chicks themselves look yummy in a citrusy kind of way, and the sketched-on top features kick the adorable up a notch.  The use of colour to indicate forboding is really a nice touch as well.

For beginning readers, the best part is actually the text in the pictures. Words show up in a variety of places, from a blackboard for planning fox-avoidance strategies, to block prints covering the newspaper-strewn floor of the coop. My son loved figuring out these signs just like environmental print.

This would be a great companion book to Owl Babies. (Pssst- did you see the awesome Owl Babies cake made by Polly at The Little Wooden Horse?)


  1. Well! This looks tres cute! (There was my attempt at fancy french compliments). I am loving your site! Thanks for stopping by PP&PB too :0)

  2. cutie cute cute! thanks for liking my scaredy owls.

  3. Thank you for stopping by the blog to let me know about the beginning school age in Canada. I have to admit, I'm a bit lost. We're going to the Toronto area, so from what you said it would probably be different from your area, right? Do you know where I could find information on the Greater Toronto Area's education system? I would really appreciate it.

    By the way, that book sounds awesome. I love the fonts and "pasted" letters too. My daughter would have a blast with this book, I'm sure.

  4. Sounds like a delightful book for springtime! I'm going to request it for our library. Maybe someday I can read it in the original at our French story time....


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