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Age Range: 5 - 8
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Mae is always working on a new project, to the detriment of unfinished previous ones, like making Dog glow in the dark or covering cows’ cold udders. When her Aunt Susan sends one of her chickens—an unhappy one—the sassy, smart and “beee-yoo-tiful” fowl tests Mae’s mettle. Matilda is demanding, and when new projects divert Mae’s attention, she goes missing. Even worse, Aunt Susan is coming for a visit! Mae has just enough time to find and re-feather Matilda and make her a warm jacket decorated with shells, coins and charms—one befitting a chicken with attitude—that finally satisfies Matilda. The thin premise and title pun are merely vehicles for the unique illustrations. An author’s note on the dedication page describes how the puppet illustrations were created, an inventive process that resembles stills from an animated movie but appear artificial, especially the people. The story chickens out, but the artwork is worth a look. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5463-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2009