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REVIEW: Chicks Rule! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

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Title: Chicks Rule!

Author: Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen | Illustrator: Renée Kurilla

Publisher: Abrams | Published: February 12, 2019

Theme:  Empowerment (Girl)

Character Origin: Animals

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 40

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 2.9 | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

All in step with wing in wing . . . Chicks can conquer anything! Nerdy Chick has been waiting all day for the Rocket Club meeting. But when she gets there, she finds a disturbing sign tacked to the door: “NO CHICKS ALLOWED!!!” Puzzled, then baffled, then just plain mad, Nerdy Chick sets out to change the rules. Along the way, she meets other chicks who are just like her: passionate and determined. From Soccer Chick to Science Chick and Wordy Chick to Yoga Chick, these chicks aren’t willing to take “NO” for an answer. They rally together, march to the barn at the center of town, and—when they hear “NO” once again—chart their own path forward (or, rather, up, up, and away!). A celebration of girl power and community action, Chicks Rule! is the playful, diverse, victorious anthem chicks everywhere will love.

My overall thoughts…

This book was even better than I imagined. It was on my “must-read” list for a few weeks. After reading it, I felt empowered, encouraged, and proud to be a chick. I love seeing the literary community empower young girls. Their contributions, talents, and effort are equally as important as their male counterparts. Seeing them highlighted here, shows girls that the sky is the limit to what they can do even when an obstacle is in their way. I simply LOVE that! That lesson will be invaluable as they grow up.

The illustrations and text…

Kurilla’s imagery is really lovely. The illustrations are drawn in Photoshop. The colors are lively and bright. The overall color palette is warm and inviting. This book will easily be enjoyed as a read-aloud or as an independent read. The diversity of the chicks was well thought out and demonstrates the amazing things that girls can do. The text is easy to read and flows quite well. This book exceeded my expectations. This is the type of book that should be in school libraries and on your shelves at home. Historically, women and girls were taught to think and be small. However, now is our time to think big and crash that glass ceiling that has held us back.

I’ll give it…