Not unlike many picture book lovers, we were super excited to see the long-awaited sequel to Pat Hutchin’s ‘Rosie’s Walk‘ in the Hodder Children‘s catalogue.
A mere 47 years after the 1968 publication, Yorkshire born Hutchins said of this follow-up “I only wanted to re-visit Rosie if the story made sense. I didn’t want to create something just for the sake of it.”
With her instantly recognisable palette, and iconic retro illustrations, we are reassuringly introduced to ‘Where, Oh Where is Rosie’s Chick?‘
The sequel is an equally clever yet simple premise for a story, as Rosie searches in vain for her just-hatched chick.
She looks high and low, behind the wheelbarrow, under the hen house but Rosie can’t find her chick anywhere.
However, the reader is kept one step ahead all of the time. With visual clues and smatterings of Hutchins humour in abundance.
A second book wouldn’t be complete without that pesky fox and perhaps an addition of her own too…
In our view, it was well worth the wait.