Chicken Clicking by Jeanne Willis

Chicken Clicking

Written by Jeanne Willis
Illustrated by Tony Ross

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Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece - One of our Books of the Year 2014 Award-winning Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross go to the heart of a modern predicament in this cautionary tale about a young chick who hops into the farmer’s house and starts exploring the delights of the internet. There’s one-click shopping – a hive of bees, a motorbike, a diamond watch and 100 handbags. The farmer blames his wife – where has it all come from? And the chick didn’t stop. Soon, there are scooters for the sheep, skates for the pigs, a car for the cows and a boat for the hens. And, most exciting of all, there is meeting a new friend! But just who will that friend turn out to be?


Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross are the Flanders and Swann of children’s books, responsible for a string of very funny picturebooks, often with a sting in the tail. Chicken Clicking is a modern cautionary tale. Chick sneaks into the farmhouse every evening to browse and shop online. She goes on a fun spending spree, but when the hens sail off in the boat she bought them she feels lonely and accepts a friend request she really shouldn’t. The final page is funny, quite shocking, and makes an important point. For children aged 6 – 10. ~ Andrea Reece


Chicken Clicking by Jeanne Willis

One night Chick hops onto the farmer's house and has a browse on his computer - CLICK - soon she's shopping online for the whole farm! But when she arranges to meet up with a friend she's made online, she discovers all is not as it seems...

Little Red Riding Hood for the iPad generation, this is the perfect book for teaching children how to stay safe online.


A great book for parents and teachers to use to introduce safety on the internet (not forgetting the fun story, too) -- Libby Allman Guardian

Absolutely perfect... Every primary school in the country should own a copy of this book. -- Melanie McGilloway Armadillo Magazine

Award-winning Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross go to the heart of a modern predicament in this cautionary tale Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading, Book of the Month

An ideal book to introduce the idea of responsible use of the Internet to a wide range of ages, both Early Years and Primary. Highly recommended. Books for Keeps

What a fantastic duo they are! Posy Simmonds

About the Author

Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer. Jeanne Willis is one of the most successful children’s picture book authors in the UK. Jeanne Willis wrote her first book aged five and has now written over eighty titles. She has won numerous awards, including the Children's Book Award, the Silver Smarties Prize and has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. She has written Who’s in the Loo? which won the Red House Children’s Book Award. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (nonfiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle. She lives in North London with her husband and two children.

Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th February 2015




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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