Chickens Can’t See in the Dark
by Kristyna Litten (Author)
A charming tale from Kristyna about a Chicken and friends as they try to prove, against all odds, by hook or by crook, that Chickens can see in the dark.
The story concerns Pippa, a little chicken who learns in school that, unequivocally, Chickens suffer from night blindness. This comes as news to Pippa who proceeds to research this , making enquiries among her more learned friends and a visit to the Library. Armed with her gathered information she begins a series of experiments using certain vegetables.
The storyline runs along very well at first, as a reader I was engaged nice and early, but I feel it gets a bit bogged down half way along until it all becomes neatly clear at the end.
The illustrations are lovely but lack that finishing touch of fine detail that could turn this book from middling to excellent. I did feel there was enormous potential here to do illustrations that could , alongside the story, keep the mind busy for ages. An opportunity lost, perhaps.
Nevertheless it's a cheerful tale, with plenty of humour with a clever ending and will be fun for parents to read to their children as the night draws in.
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