Once inside a chicken’s nest…

Right from the moment Chick is born, she wants to lead the other animals in cheer! Unfortunately, the rest of the barnyard just isn't quiiiite as enthusiastic. Lucky for little Chick she has a whole squad of siblings who are backing her up (even when she doesn't realize it)!



BROCKENBROUGH, Martha. Cheerful Chick. ­illus. by Brian Won. 40p. Scholastic. Jan. 2019. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781338134186.

PreS-Gr 1–Chick is a natural-born cheerleader. She hatches out of her egg waving pompoms, ready to inspire others with her moves and her words. But to realize her dream, she must ignore all naysayers. Her persistence leads to her dreams coming true; not just for herself, but for the other animals on the farm who want to be cheerful, too.  

VERDICT A funny story about realizing one’s dreams and accepting other’s natural talents.–Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, Alta.

Cheerful Chick

Martha Brockenbrough, illus. by Brian Won. Scholastic/Levine, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-338-13418-6

Persistence and self-awareness win out in this story of a bird trying to find her true squad. Brockenbrough’s rhymes mimic the rhythm and pacing of a cheer, while Won’s depiction of Chicken’s world is full of color and pep. This is an encouraging tale for the enthusiastic.