A mind-bendingly clever farmyard romp.

In this deceptively simple picture book, author-illustrator Deborah Freedman has created an irresistible character that springs to life and wreaks havoc in a farmyard with a pot of blue paint. The innocent chicken just wants to help, but things get worse and worse—and bluer and bluer—the more she tries. Playing with colors and perspective, and using minimal text, this richly layered story reveals new things to see and laugh about with each reading.

Viking Children's Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780670012930



"Breathtakingly beautiful meta-illustrations will draw many eyes to this tale of a curious chicken who spills some paint... Delicate and durable, visually sophisticated yet friendly: simply exquisite."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"The spare, poetic text allows the images to shine... this delightful treat emphasizes the joy of breaking free of conventional boundaries and turning accidents into art."
Booklist, starred review

"Full of surprise and emotion... The book has much to pore over on every page, and children will want to experience the action over and over again."
School Library Journal, starred review

"While the artist is away, the chickens will indeed play, and Deborah Freedman has captured their antics in this book overflowing with joyful fun."

"It is an introduction for the very youngest readers, listeners, turners of pages, to the worlds of possibility in a very particular poetic visualization… rendered playfully, replete with self-reference, a mix of predictability, and surprise… Deliciously complex, yet perfectly accessible."
Children's Literature

"Playful and surreal without getting so kooky that it loses its audience, Freedman knows how to write a picture book that’s bound to get kids and their parental units reading and rereading over and over and over again."
Fuse #8, School Library Journal

"... all will appreciate the sheer joy of a book that celebrates color and innocent mischief."
Horn Book Magazine


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The Christian Science Monitor, 7 children's picture books we think you'll really like

"… the most beautiful picture book I came across this year."
Courier-Journal, Our 2011 roundup of great books for kids

"There’s no use crying over spilt milk, or paint either. Little readers will enjoy the antics of a curious chick in “Blue Chicken”..."
The Missourian, "Baby Buzz Pick" for November 2011

"Has there ever been a happier book about chickens and art?"
Top of the Shelf, Eric Carle Museum Blog

"...a tour de force of painterly control..."
Publishers Weekly

"This is high energy at its happiest and I smile every time I read this one."
Calling Caldecott, The Horn Book Online

"I love this book like the dickens. The dickens and the chickens."
Bookie Woogie

And a Special Thank You…

... to all of the other picturebook lovers out there who have taken the time to read and share their thoughts about Blue Chicken! For every review and shout-out, "best of" and "mock" award... I am so grateful. Truly.