You know the saying: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That is the central theme of this adorable new children’s book by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. In Chicks Run Wild, it’s bedtime for the sweet baby chicks. After Mama tucks them in, she leaves, and…”those chicks run wild!” Poor Mama is tired, but after several attempts at keeping the chicks in bed, she joins the fun.
Baffled chicks stare at each other. Should they dare invite their mother? Does she really want to play? “Come and join us!” they all say.
I love this! As parents, we all know that there is a time for discipline and a time for structure. Sometimes, however, there is time for silliness, giggles, and fun (and I need a reminder of this occasionally). When I read the above lines to my kids, my daughter looked up at me and smiled. She loved that Mama jumped right into the fray.
Of course, Mama doesn’t lose in the end. Her playful antics leave the exhausted little chicks begging for bedtime, and Mama has time for fun of her own (a pedicure and time to watch “Gone with the Wing”, of course). Chicks Run Wild is an engaging and delightful book. The rhymes are catchy, the illustrations are adorable, and the story is just plain fun. If you have some little chicks at your house, be sure to pick up a copy of Chicks Run Wild!
Lauren is a wife, mother of two and an avid reader. She thanks Simon and Schuster for the review copy of this book. Lauren blogs at Baseballs and Bows.