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