Higgledy-Piggledy Chicks
by Barbara Joosse


Greenwillow Books, 2010. ISBN 978-0-060-75042-8.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 05/21/2010

Younger Readers

Higgledy-Piggledy Chicks by Barbara Joosse is fun to say and enjoyable to read. Mama Banty Hen is getting ready to lay her eggs, which will soon hatch into fuzzy, curious chicks. Children will delight and find comfort in the how Mama and the Aunties watch over the young chicks, keeping them safe. The simple language and descriptions used to describe the barnyard sounds, like "Rip" "Kuk!" and "PEEP!" keep the story exciting. Joosse uses repetitious counting within the story, something that kids love.

Joosse provides a short overview of little chicks in the back of the book for children and parents who want to know more. Illustrator Rick Chrustowski does a great job with color use and in capturing the story.

Although the publisher says the book is for ages 4-8, I'd say it is better suited for preschoolers. Children will want to hear this story over and over again.


Barbara Joosse is the author of the ever-popular Mama, Do You Love Me?—along with many other books for young readers. She lives in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. You can find out more about Barbara on her website.

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