Pros:Bold pictures with an appealing heroine
Cons:The text could be a larger point size
The Bottom Line: Chicabee is a fun, stylized book for little girls. It's not great literature, instead it's an invitation to love colors and books.
Andrew M. Lueck chooses a style for his childrens picture book Chicabee and celebrates it consistently.
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Every page is boldly painted with large splashes of color with Chicabee romping through them in even more bold colors. Her white hair and large eyes jump out from every page. Her right eye is bigger than her left, which draws you constantly to her smiling face.
As for plot, this book doesnt really have one. Rather, it appeals to young girls and invites them to celebrate their girlhood. When reading this book, you go on a journey with the stylish Chicabee to visit her friends and her haunts in the Emerald City where it rains almost everyday and keeps the city shiny and green.
We also meet Chicabees little sister, Little-O who likes to doodle and loves all words with the letter O. Like most siblings, the two dont always get along. Chicabee gets along much better with her dog Yappy.
According to the back panel, Lueck has enjoyed storytelling, drawing and doodling since he was six, but this is his first childrens book. Before this book, he did illustrations for Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle and worked as an art director.
While the text is clear and written well, it is truly the illustrations that make Chicabee a charming book. Given Luecks background, this makes sense and his strengths as an artist are immediately apparent. He has an eye for style and it makes his book appealing to young children, particularly girls who are preschool through third grade.
Would boys enjoy it too? Perhaps, but theyre definitely not the target audience.
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