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Chicken Chuck
Written by Bill Martin Jr
Illustrated by Steven Salerno

ForeWord Magazine, 4/1/2000
". . . [A] humorous tale of how a unique and colorful feather empowers a barnyard rooster. Bill Martin Jr. successfully weaves two timely, yet wholesome, lessons into the fabric of this otherwise nonsensical story. The first being that what is perceived to be different is not necessarily better and the second that inherent individual differences merely serve to make a greater universal whole."

Kirkus Reviews, 4/1/2000
"One of the prolific Martin's more surreal episodes, first published in 1946, earns a reissue with dandy new illustrations and packaging. After Chicken Chuck eats a blue seed, a like-colored plume sprouts form his forehead, prompting him to lord it over the other barnyard residents. . . . Salerno paints large figures, using sweeping, emphatic brushstrokes and bright, clear colors—his palette enhanced by curls of shimmering silver on Chuck's seed and feather that are presaged on the cover by a huge, blinding wash of holographic flash. . . . It's a spectacular debut for Salerno."

The Horn Book Guide, 11/1/2000
“After ingesting an odd blue seed, a rooster sprouts a blue feather in the middle of his forehead, causing him to feel special enough to proclaim himself ‘boss of the barnyard.' Retro-style illustrations contain bold lines and striking colors, with some decorative silver foil tossed in, in this animated tale, which moves from farm to circus as the animals seek a horse reputed to sport not one but two blue feathers.”