Mr. Chicken Arriva a Roma

Leigh Hobbs. Allen & Unwin (IPG/Trafalgar Sq., dist.), $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-925266-77-1
Mr. Chicken, a giant birdlike creature with large fangs and a no-nonsense glare, fulfills his dream of visiting Rome in his third picture book. With a woman named Federica as his guide, Mr. Chicken samples gelatos and pastas, sees famous ancient structures, and imagines himself a gladiator during a nap (while he’s sleeping, tourists queue up to stick their hands in his mouth, à la the city’s Mouth of Truth). Hobbs, Australia’s current Children’s Laureate, delivers an irreverent tribute to the Italian capital. While Rome is the Eternal City, this story is entirely contemporary: the throngs of visitors, including Mr. Chicken, are glued to their smartphones in almost every scene. Ages 4–8. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/29/2017
Release date: 06/01/2017
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-76052-856-0
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