Fly, Chick, Fly! by Jeanne Willis

Fly, Chick, Fly!

Written by Jeanne Willis
Illustrated by Tony Ross

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An engaging and amusing tale about overcoming fear from an award-winning team.


Fly, Chick, Fly! by Jeanne Willis

In the middle of a wood there is a chick who will not fly. Not I! she cries to Mother Owl and Father Owl. She flaps, she flips, she flops and hops back into the nest. Time passes and seasons change, but still she refuses to fly. Will she ever learn to let go and soar up into the open sky?


Jeanne Willis lyrical text and Tony Ross's almost ghostly pastel illustrations give this an entrancing, night -time feel Angels & Urchins

Great for reading aloud...Ross's illustrative style is the perfect match for Willis's imaginative storytelling Bookbag

The poetic simplicity of the prose, with its built-in repetitions and wordplay is well matched in painterly illustrations by Tony Ross Irish Times

A gentle poetic story accompanied by atmospheric illustrations, which held the attention of a couple of under threes. The School Librarian

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

7th March 2013




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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