In her first foray as solo writer and illustrator, Page, Steve Jenkins’ frequent collaborator (and spouse), presents a child-friendly Q-and-A to prepare children for the titular eventuality.
Starting with the all-important “What will my chicken eat?” the book goes on to answer more questions, such as “Will my chicken lay eggs?” and “What if I want baby chickens?” Readers will learn to tell the difference between a hen and a rooster and how to identify chicken breeds, as well as how to keep predators at bay. The answers given are concise but a little dry, but this in no way takes away from the book’s value. Done in a collage style similar to Jenkins’, Page’s illustrations are no less artful. Often spanning double-page spreads, cut- and torn-paper images jump out in bold colors and patterns, occasionally complemented by monotone engravings for interest and contrast. Younger readers will be drawn to the bright, bold images, and older readers will enjoy the chicken facts. Two further pages of facts at the book’s end satisfy those who might be curious about how fast a chicken can run or who might enjoy a step-by-step visualization of a fertilized egg’s life cycle. Plus, a short bibliography allows readers to seek more information.
A delightful and informative book for families wanting to raise chickens or learn where eggs come from. (Informational picture book. 4-9)