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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
How to Draw A Chicken
by Jean-Vincent Senac
Age Range: 6-8
In this delightfully quirky little step-by-step doodle book, French author and illustrator, Jean-Vincent Senac sets out to teach children how to draw a chicken, although it seems that the chickens have other ideas!
The instructions are straightforward - ‘draw a triangle’; ‘add a vertical line’; ‘and also a few little horizontal lines (3 or 4) roughly’ - and so on throughout the book. It’s clear, simple structure, with a few words on a blank page accompanied by some squiggles grow throughout the book until the reader ends up with a drawing that resembles a chicken. The text is witty too as the conversation between the artist and the drawing develops. Children are sure to thoroughly enjoy this funny book that shows how a few lines can bring a chicken to life.