Chicks Run Wild (Hardcover)

By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Ward Jenkins (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781442406735, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 25, 2011

List Price: 15.99*
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When Mama Chick kisses her kids goodnight, she expects them to stay in bed, but those They jump around and do cartwheels, until Mama comes in and says "You're all in trouble. But when she turns out the lights...they start a pillow fight Finally, Mama gets them settled, but she's not ready for bed either

Sudipta Bardhan's playful ryhme and not-quite-ready for bedtime attitude and Ward Jenkins' exuberant artwork will delight both parents and kids.

Praise For Chicks Run Wild

Jenkins's artwork has enthusiasm to spare, and he has great fun with the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" ending that has the tired chicks begging Mama to go to sleep and has Mama running wild herself: by painting her toenails and watching a TV romance.

--Publishers Weekly, November 1, 2010

Here is a bedtime story for all those tireless adults who would rather have their charges erupt from their beds to do a mad jig instead of peacefully drifting off to sleep. So make it a midday story, because it is a good bit of rollicking fun. . . . Jenkins takes the story at full throttle, too, with plenty of double-page spreads popping with energy and good cheer, and the characters are plain fun: The chicks look like they just stepped out of a chorus line of Peeps, while Mama might have been minted by the Looney Tune crowd. Her face when she catches the chicks faking sleep is a delight. - KIRKUS, November 15, 2010

The chicks are fluffy and appealing; Mama appears progressively more stern, as she looms larger in the doorway each time she must come back. Young listeners will quickly learn and want to repeat the refrain, set off in large type and curving above chicks jumping on the bed, somersaulting through the air, and whacking each other with pillows: “Those chicks run wild!” Grown-ups will enjoy the final scene, where “Mama runs wild,”painting her toenails red, having a cup of tea, and watching Gone with the Wing.

— Diane Foote

BOOKLIST, January 1, 2011