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Chicks Run Wild

Illustrated by Ward Jenkins



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About The Book

When Mama Chick kisses her kids goodnight, she expects them to stay in bed, but those! They jump around and do cartwheels, until Mama comes in and says "You're all in trouble. But when she turns out the lights...they start a pillow fight! Finally, Mama gets them settled, but she's not ready for bed either!

Sudipta Bardhan's playful ryhme and not-quite-ready for bedtime attitude and Ward Jenkins' exuberant artwork will delight both parents and kids!

About The Author

Photograph by Brooklyn Quallen

Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen has written many picture books including Chicks Run Wild, illustrated by Ward Jenkins; Tightrope Poppy, The High-Wire Pig, illustrated by Sarah Dillard; Duck, Duck, Moose!, illustrated by Noah Z. Jones; and Rutabaga Boo!, illustrated by Bonnie Adamson. She lives in New Jersey with her three children. Learn more about Sudipta and her books at

About The Illustrator

Ward Jenkins is and illustrator and animator from Atlanta, Georgia. He’s illustrated several picture books, including Chicks Run Wild, as well as the Good Crooks chapter book series. Ward lives with his wife and two kids and hasn’t shaved his beard since 2010. Find him online at @WardOMatic.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (January 25, 2011)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781442406735
  • Grades: P - 1
  • Ages: 2 - 6

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Raves and Reviews

Jenkins's artwork has enthusiasm to spare, and he has great fun with the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" ending that has the tired chicks begging Mama to go to sleep and has Mama running wild herself: by painting her toenails and watching a TV romance.

--Publishers Weekly, November 1, 2010

Here is a bedtime story for all those tireless adults who would rather have their charges erupt from their beds to do a mad jig instead of peacefully drifting off to sleep. So make it a midday story, because it is a good bit of rollicking fun. . . . Jenkins takes the story at full throttle, too, with plenty of double-page spreads popping with energy and good cheer, and the characters are plain fun: The chicks look like they just stepped out of a chorus line of Peeps, while Mama might have been minted by the Looney Tune crowd. Her face when she catches the chicks faking sleep is a delight. - KIRKUS, November 15, 2010

The chicks are fluffy and appealing; Mama appears progressively more stern, as she looms larger in the doorway each time she must come back. Young listeners will quickly learn and want to repeat the refrain, set off in large type and curving above chicks jumping on the bed, somersaulting through the air, and whacking each other with pillows: “Those chicks run wild!” Grown-ups will enjoy the final scene, where “Mama runs wild,”painting her toenails red, having a cup of tea, and watching Gone with the Wing.
— Diane Foote
BOOKLIST, January 1, 2011

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