Chicken Big by Keith Graves
None of the chickens knows quite what he is, but each time something terrifying falls from the sky and the chickens run for their lives, he calmly explains the situation and offers comfort. With each calamitous event, the little chickens are sure they've pinned him down--he's an elephant, a squirrel, an umbrella, even a sweater! But when he ultimately saves the day, they realize that only one thing could be so smart, kind, warm, and brave. In this hilarious spin-off of the classic Chicken Little story, author/illustrator Keith Graves brings a whole new perspective to what it really means to be ...chicken. SALES HANDLE: A hilarious spin-off of the classic Chicken Little story, filled with clever and silly humor, and punctuated with a sweet message of family and acceptance. HOW WILL THIS TITLE BE DISTINCTIVE: With a fresh, new art style, Keith Graves's expressive and accessible characters are the perfect match for this commercial and funny book that breathes new life into an old classic. Though there have been a number of spinoffs of this story, Keith's version feels utterly new--readers don't need to know the original text to enjoy this take. SPEAK TO THE EXISTING TREND/DEFINE CONSUMER: Funny picture books are always highly requested by parents, teachers, and librarians alike. NOTABLE AUTHORS OR CONTRIBUTORS TO PROJECT: Keith Graves is the author/illustrator of Chronicle's FRANK WAS A MONSTER WHO WANTED TO DANCE and PET BOY, as well as the illustrator of WORLD'S GREATEST POEMS (see sales figures in 'Comparable Titles').