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About the book
  • Published: 1 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9781849394383
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $18.99

Fly, Chick, Fly!

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

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?

  • Pub date: 1 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9781849394383
  • Imprint: Andersen
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $18.99

About the Authors

Jeanne Willis

Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen Press at the age of 21, and since then she has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). 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.

Tony Ross

Tony Ross has been illustrating books for over 40 years, and has been published all over the world. He is perhaps best known for his much-loved Little Princess series, which has been adapted for TV and is currently showing on Channel 5s Milkshake, and for his collaboration on David Walliams’ best-selling children’s books. Tony’s books have been shortlisted for the The Laugh Out Loud Book Awards (Slug Needs a Hug) and the Kate Greenaway (Dr Xargle's Book of Earth Tiggers), and Tadpole’s Promise won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize. He has been named as the best-selling illustrator in the UK for three years in a row, and he is the UK’s libraries' most-borrwed illustrator. He lives in Rutland.

Praise for Fly, Chick, Fly!

“Jeanne Willis' lyrical text and Tony Ross' 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”


“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

“Beautifully crafted . . . memorable and highly desirable. 5 stars.”

Books for Keeps

“Has the promise to be a well-loved favourite.”


“A gently poetic story accompanied by atmospheric illustrations.”

The School Librarian

“So gorgeous are Ross’s glowing, soft, delicate, pastel on textured paper illustrations, they make one want to caress the pages. Truly a beautiful picture book.”

Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub

“Sweet, poetic story with atmospheric artwork by the legendary Tony Ross.”

The Sun

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