Where, Oh Where, is Rosie’s Chick? By Pat Hutchins

I must admit, although I knew of the book Rosie’s Walk and remember it vaguely from the classrooms of my primary school days in the 80’s; the story wasn’t familiar to me.

I read it very recently, shortly after the sequel came through my letter box. I can see why the book is a timeless classic. The story is told, at large with the iconic illustrations. There is humour throughout and comic subtleties to be found on every spread.

Rosie’s Walk was first published in 1968 (47 years ago). The imagery of it is iconic of the time, the palette of colours are what one imagines when thinking about the 1970’s. Pat Hutchins’ style is without comparison, his illustrations are unlike any other I can think of. Which is why, I believe, when I looked at the cover of Where, Oh Where, is Rosie’s Chick? I felt a pang of nostalgia.

In this book Rosie has lost her just hatched chick, who still hasn’t shaken off the top of its egg shell. Rosie looks everywhere for it – under the hen house and behind a wheelbarrow. But Rosie needs to be careful, that crafty fox has its eye on them both.

The sequel Where, Oh Where, is Rosie’s Chick? Is equally humorous and full of details that can be found hidden amongst the illustrated landscape panels.

The illustrations have maintained that iconic look and feel, they have lasted the test of time. In contrast to the digital techniques more commonly used today, they feel fresh and exciting, 47 years after the first book.

Published by Hodder Children’s Books May 7th 2015

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