Chicks Rock!

Abrams. Mar. 2021. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781419745706.
K-Gr 2–In a world of talented young chicks, all are gifted in different ways, but one in particular loves to sing, belt out her tunes, and strum her guitar. Digital paintings with bold color details and a variety of perspectives and illustration sizes add to the cartoon representation of the Chicks, their clothing and “skin” tones representing diverse backgrounds. Rhyming verse highlights Rocker Chick as she sings for an audience of her personal plush-toys and then surprisingly receives an invitation to headline a show for many. Can she do it? Standing in front of a full house waiting for her to belt out a tune, she simply folds. Like “poultry in slow motion” she hides behind her guitar and sadly admits her fears—“I can’t rock. I’m too chicken.” With the help of her peeps, Rocker Chick performs her best, and brings the crowd to their feet.
VERDICT A suggested general purchase for libraries assisting social-emotional learning, this title brings a message of courage and growing self-esteem through the support of friends.

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