A cheerleading chick can’t rouse enthusiasm among her farmyard pals. Sis-boom-NAH!
Leaving behind 11 siblings in their shells, a newly hatched chick springs from her egg, brandishing pompoms and wearing cheerleaders’ gear—pleated skirt and sweater emblazoned with the varsity letter “C.” Not only does Chick strut fancy moves while yay-ing noisily all day, she also tries to persuade other animals to form a squad to root for the (literal) farm team. Nope. The yolk’s on them: After lapsing into a brief funk, the yellow fluffster decides who needs ’em and resolves to create a one-chick team. Guess who shows up: Unbeknownst to Chick (though sharp-eyed readers will have observed it in the artwork all along), her brothers and sisters have hatched, donned their own cheerleader uniforms (that just happened to have arrived in the mail), and have come to join her, while the erstwhile neigh (and oink, moo, and baa) sayers cheer from the sidelines. This is, fittingly, a cheery romp, narrated in bouncy verse that reads and scans well, though the underlying theme may not resonate. Why are chicks so gung-ho about cheerleading? Are many kids among the target audience even familiar with cheerleading and its conventions? The digitally rendered illustrations, mixed with paints and pencil, are lively and energetic, and animals’ faces are expressive. Cheerleading calls are incorporated into the text in display type.
If not a big somersault, this is a playful bit of fun. (Picture book. 4-7)