Free- Range Freddy
Rachel Bright & Izzy Evans
After Peggy lays a little ‘eggy’ in the chicken coop, she warms ‘it every day inside a straw-made beddy‘. While the other hens about Peggy ‘cluck and squawk/ Every day and every night the same old chicken talk‘ Peggy’s egg begin to hatch. It seems that the other hens predict the emergence of ‘a finely feathered queen or handsome cockerel queen’. Nobody expects Free-Range Freddy!
What’s more this chicken has bulbous eyes, fluffy feathers, alongside a wibble- wobbling wattle and short legs! Furthermore he shrieks! It’s obvious that this chick will not ‘fit in’! With his ‘flopples’, crazy shapes, scrapes and cartwheels, the other hens become grumpy.
Yet somehow, the longer that Freddy ‘doodle does his thing‘, the more the chickens begin to feel the sunshine and happiness he brings. What’s more their ‘tutting’ becomes chuckles and he ‘uncoops‘ their ‘own music through and through‘.
Rachel Bright’s joyous rhyming text is wonderful, while the colours and extravaganza of Izzy Evans’ pictures bring such delight. There is such a clamour of parties and cheerfulness, reminiscent of The Wonky Donkey amongst other beloved picture books! Yet there is also the joy of the message which reminds us to include and take up the opportunity of expanding our horizons. We see this in other picture books with similar themes, such as Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street and Big Bob, Little Bob. Thereafter, the exuberance of this picture book cannot help make us laugh, rather like Freddy’s chicken company!
Bookwagon loves this picture book and recommends it to your readers, too. Welcome to the world of Rachel Bright