Book Review of Chick and Brain: Egg or Eyeball?
The Children’s Book Review
Written and Illustrated by Cece Bell
Ages 4+ | 72 Pages
Publisher: Candlewick Press | ISBN: 9781536204391
What to Expect: Friends, manners, knowledge
Brain has found something hard, white, and round. Brain thinks it is an eyeball, but his friend, Chick, points out that he is mistaken—it’s not an eyeball; it’s an egg! What is an egg? Chick explains it’s a baby chicken. Spot the Dog explains that it is his lunch. Then, Puff Huffman the cat joins in the conversation to explain that Chick might be his lunch. Spot rethinks his lunch plans—Puff Huffman is much bigger and tastier than the egg. Brain is still puzzled, though—none of them make sense because he found an eyeball, not an egg! Perhaps the arrival of Something Else can clear up the question.
The second book in the Chick and Brain series by award-winning author Cece Bell, Egg or Eyeball?, is a side-splitting dialogue about manners, definitions, and friendship. Bell builds on layers of verbal and visual meaning, providing multilayered humor, offering as much to adult readers as to young readers. At the same time, the combination of text and picture, together with wordplay and fast-paced dialogue, help readers build literacy. Dynamic, comic-style illustrations add to the humor with a minimalist approach that focuses the readers’ attention on key details of expression and body language.
This comic-style early reader, Chick and Brain: Egg or Eyeball?, is a great way to introduce young readers to chapter books.
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About the Author
Cece Bell is the author-illustrator of many books for young people, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book Rabbit and Robo and the Newbery Honor Book El Deafo. She is also the creator of Chuck and Woodchuck and the Sock Monkey picture books. She lives with her family in Virginia.
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