Chooky-doodle-doo, by Jan Whiten is a picture book for ages 2+ that combines rhyme, counting, and a funny twist ending.
A little chooky chick is pulling at a worm, but can’t get the worm out of the ground. More little chooky chicks come to help, but getting it out isn’t as easy as it looks! Inspired by one of the author’s own hens, Chooky-doodle-doo is an adorable tale that explores the actions of chickens on a farm, while teaching children about numbers and teamwork
Illustrator Sinead Hanley is an experimental artist, venturing into clashing textures and colours, and different art styles. In Chooky-doodle-doo, Hanley uses screenprinting and bright colours as a lovely juxtaposition to the chooks’ quirky personalities. The effect is fun and funky, and works in well with the story.
My daughter (2 ½) loves this book, and the repetition of the line in the first few pages allows her to call it out and feel like she is reading it by herself (perfect for kids at that “I want to do it myself” age). If you are after a picture book for a two year old, and want to encourage rhyming and counting, then Chooky-doodle-doo, by Jan Whiten is definitely one to consider.