I Got a Chicken for My Birthday

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 01 Mar 2018

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It's a fairly universal experience, disappointment in a gift that we've been given. And the intent of the plot is clear: gratitude and looking past disappointment to see possibilities. It points us to that occasion when the gift we didn't want turns out to be a wonderful thing. It just does it in a fantastical way. It's silly fun with heart behind it. Little kids will enjoy the sillyness. Older kids could use it as a starting point for a creative project. What could their own chicken do?
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A somewhat ungrateful birthday girl really wanted tickets to an amusement park for her birthday, but all she gets from her Grandma Lola is a chicken. As she grumbles about feeding it and tries to be optimistic about scrambled eggs in her future, the chicken hands her a list. This chicken has a plan and has work to do!

In a funny twist, the chicken gets working and the birthday girl comes to realize that sometimes unexpected gifts can be better than what you wanted in the first place.
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I don't regret ordering this for my collection, but I don't think it lived up to the expectations I had for it based on the reviews I've read.
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Absolutely adorable book with delightful illustrations. I really enjoyed it!
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I Got a Chicken for My Birthday is a picturebook written by Laura Gehl, and illustrated by Sarah Horne. It is currently scheduled for release on March 1 2018. All the birthday girl wants from her Abuela is a ticket to the amusement park. Instead, she gets a chicken. But this chicken is no ordinary chicken; it has plans! With a lot of hard work, and help from other animals, this chicken may just end up granting the girl the best birthday gift ever.

I Got a Chicken for My Birthday is a fun and imaginative picture book. I love the crazy skills the chicken demonstrates, and think the imagination of the author- and her main character- are highly entertaining. I found the artwork to fit the story well, and does a great job of hinting at the chicken's actions without giving away too much before the big reveal. I like that among all the silliness is the message that even though the gifts received might not meet expectations- sometimes they are even better. I found myself smiling through the entire read, and think it will be a much loved read for many.
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This book had me chuckling as an adult when I read it before reading with my kids. I would have loved to have this chicken! The snippets of the narrator's conversation were comical in a way that I could find myself using and the voice lent itself to the story perfectly. Highly recommended!
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All Ana wanted for her birthday was tickets to the amusement park, but her abuela sent her a chicken instead. Ana's chicken is too busy to eat and lay eggs and has a large and rather strange shopping list. Suddenly, Ana's dog, cat, and even hamster have no time for Ana either. Even abuela comes barreling in on a bulldozer to help Ana's chicken.  The colors are bold and bright and the details deserve to be pored and laughed over.  Fun for all ages.
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From the title and cover art, I was hoping this story was going to bring lots of fun..  It certainly did!  Not going to spoil what it leads up to, but I enjoyed the ride.
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I Got a Chicken for My Birthday by Laura Gehl was a silly story of how sometimes Abuela's know best. The Little girl in the story only asked for tickets to an amusement park for her birthday and instead she got a chicken...and quite a surprise. The chicken starts making all kinds of crazy requests and borrowing the girls friends and family for a big reveal at the end. Sometimes trusting abuelas is the way to go. I loved this fun story and I think my kids will too.
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An imaginative spin on an unexpected yet satisfying birthday gift.  Adults and children alike will appreciate this story.  It will help young readers understand there is value in even the oddest gifts and more than likely, someone else they know has received an unusual gift too.
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A silly and fun book for children. The illustrations were vivid and colorful guaranteed to capture the attention of young readers.
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I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  
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All the birthday girl wants from her Abuela is a ticket to the amusement park. Instead, she gets a chicken. But this chicken is no ordinary chicken; it has plans! With a lot of hard work and help from other animals, this chicken may just end up granting the girl the best birthday gift ever. 

This book is ADORABLE ... as we follow the story of our girl getting a chicken - a chicken with a lot of plans it seems - there are many laugh out loud moments and the illustrations are wonderful. (the one of the cat made me snort the coffee I was drinking through my nose!)  I can truly see my granddaughter asking me 5,000 times to read her this book and asking 5 MILLION times for a pet chicken. - this book is going to be in permanent rotation once it is released as it is already on my "to buy" list!!!

#igotachickenformybirthday is for sure a book to buy for the girls in your life !! But be prepared to be asked about the chicken on the plate vs. the chicken in the book!
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This is a really cute book. The story is fun. The deep colors of the illustrations are gorgeous. Even an unexpected gift can be something magical.
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This was a fun book.  Who hasn't asked for a gift and then received something that just wasn't what you asked for?  Well G'ma knows best in this fun story.  Who knew a chicken could have such imagination and help the birthday girl get exactly what she wanted.  Illustrations were delightful.
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This is a delightful book about how Ana's birthday wish takes a strange turn indeed.   Ana has her heart set on receiving tickets to the amusement park and she asks her Abuela if she could please grant that wish.  Abuela is the Spanish word for grandmother.

Her wish gets granted by clever Abuela but not at all how Ana expects.  Her grandmother sends her a chicken.  Well that certainly isn't what she had asked for is it?  Now what in the world is she going to do with that strange bird?

Well she knows she has to feed it daily.  She discovers how clever and resourceful this special chicken really is.  Not an ordinary one indeed. This chicken has plans... BIG PLANS... and knows how to get those plans implemented.  She recruited her friends, Ana's dog, Ana's cat, and even her hamster to make that birthday wish come true.   How splendid of her!   

You know what my take-away is from this very imaginative tale?  Next year I'm asking for a chicken.  

The illustrations are whimsical and the florescent colours are vibrant and eye-popping.  They embellish the narrative so much  adding both wit and humour.  I  recommend this fun book for you to check out and perhaps read you will include a plucky poulet on your birthday wish list too.  It's certainly worth a try.
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When a little girl's birthday is coming up, she sends hints to her Abuela about what she wants as a gift. A chicken, was not what she wanted, in fact, who would want a chicken for their birthday. This chicken was not an ordinary chicken. It was smart, a builder who had a lot of friends. There is a big surprise at the end of the story. The illustrations are wonderful. They are colourful and there is a lot of detail. This is an enjoyable, fun story that also sends the message that sometimes, when you look for it, a gift might be more than it appears at the beginning. A great addition to a family or school library.
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This story was a lot of fun.  No one really wants a chicken for their birthday, but this chicken is very special.  It was sent by Abuela Lola and is a master of surprises.  The story is simple, and repetitive, which is good.  The illustrations are wonderfully colorful.  I would however change the cover.  The orange background behind the chicken is kind of boring compared to the chicken within the pages.
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