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Chicken Come Home!

Polly Faber

Illustrated by Briony May Smith

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654872

Price: £ 6.99

Publication date: 4 March 2021

ISBN: 9781843655091

ASIN: 9781843655091

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Publication date: 4 March 2021

Category: Picture Books

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From the team that brought you Grab that Rabbit comes a brand new story about a very plucky chicken.

Dolly likes to lay her egg in a different place each day, to give her owner a challenge. But on this particular day she’s chosen a place to roost that takes her far from home and puts her in lots of danger.

Dolly has found a warm and cosy basket in which to lay her egg. But as she settles down to roost, there’s a roar and a lurch and the basket takes off. The basket just happens to be attached to a hot air balloon!

Will Dolly manage to get home in time to meet her owner from school?

This lyrical story, by Polly Faber, is perfect for reading aloud and packed with page-turning suspense. Illustrated by Briony May Smith, each page is full of detailed visual delights.

A beautiful tale about kindness, packed with adventure and peril. 


As well as being the author of renowned children’s series Mango and Bambang, Polly Faber is a children’s book blogger and volunteer reading helper through the charity Beanstalk. With her family, she looks after her very own tiny free library outside their house in North London.


ABOUT THE Illustrator

Briony May Smith is an illustrator currently living in Devon, and specialising in children’s books and graphic novels. She graduated with a 1st Class BA (Hons) from Falmouth University in 2014.



'A charming tale of bravery and friendship'

Little Literary Society

'A gorgeous and fun story, perfect for reading out loud with your little ones and is brimming with page-turning suspense’

Creative Steps

'A beautiful story ... with gorgeous illustrations that bring the beautiful countryside scenes to life on the pages, this is a must-read for all little ones'

Book Bound

'A lyrical story, a warm story which wraps around you with a loving hug from the moment you open it up ... The warmth instantly brims from the page as does the suspense that will have you turning every page with some trepidation, eager to learn what will happen and if all will be well. Reading this one left me with a very big smile and a lovely glowing feeling ... With visual delight after delight there is so much to enjoy you will find yourself reading this one more than once'

Armadillo Magazine

'A sparkling springtime picture book ... Faber lets her imagination take glorious flight in an action-packed but lyrical story ... With Smith’s stunningly atmospheric and richly detailed illustrations adding extra wings to the story, Chicken Come Home! is the perfect, read-aloud countryside story for Easter!'

Lancashire Evening Post

'Beautiful pictures ... A lovely one.'

Books For Keeps magazine

'As springtime adventures go, this one has it all: a sweet, heartwarming friendship, an endearing protagonist, mild peril, and the most beautiful illustrations ... Filled with onomatopoeia and rich vocabulary, this is another book that gets my Easter (and always) seal of approval'

Little Literary Society

'Wild balloon-rides, rivers, fields and roads lead to warm, lively pictures that will make three- to five-year-olds laugh aloud'

New Statesman

'We love this book! It’s great for reading out loud with lots of opportunities for sound effects and dramatic reading, plus the illustrations are gorgeous, just look how pretty those end papers are!'

Rosie's Library

'Heartwarming … We love @brionymaysmith’s stunning and atmospheric illustrations, which are rich with intricate details and vibrant colours (the pages are aglow with warmth!) ... This lyrical and action-packed tale is perfect for reading aloud, with plenty of page-turning suspense to delight little readers!'

Little Library Owl

'This is such a super story that had us all hooked from start to end. The illustrations are beautiful ... It would make a lovely Easter gift' 


'This is such a lovely story ... Of course, as with all good adventures there are some nail-biting moments and there is a glorious happiest of endings ... This is such a super story that had us all hooked from start to end. The illustrations are beautiful'


'With lots of onomatopoeic words to read aloud, this is a good book to share with preschool children and develop inference and prediction'

School Reading List


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