Cameron Kids Releases Cut-Paper Artist Nikki McClure's New Picture Book April 24

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Cameron Kids, an imprint of Cameron Books, is releasing celebrated cut-paper artist Nikki McClure's new children's book, The Great Chicken Escape, on Tuesday, April 24. This simple and spare picture book about four chickens who flee their coop for a day in the Alaskan wild received a star from Kirkus Reviews.

The Great Chicken Escape

“Immensely charming and surprisingly moving, this satisfying adventure story honors nature, freedom, and the ringing bells inside us that steer us home.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

THE GREAT CHICKEN ESCAPE
Written & Illustrated by Nikki McClure

“Immensely charming and surprisingly moving, this satisfying adventure story honors nature, freedom, and the ringing bells inside us that steer us home.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

This simple and spare picture book about four chickens fleeing their coop for the day in the Alaska wild features Nikki McClure’s signature cut-paper artwork and a visually pleasing die-cut cover.

The story emerged from the author’s own experience on Spruce Island, Alaska. In June of 1998 Nikki lived there with a small group of monastics, where she helped gather food and tend to chickens. Nikki says, “This is a true story, or as close to truth as I could ascertain from the chickens themselves. One day, the chickens snuck out the back door of the coop. Some of the more timid were caught, but a rogue group successfully eluded the nuns. The nuns decided that there was no real danger, only the possibility of a great chicken adventure. They let the chickens roam, enjoying the freedom of the forest. There was no worry, for the chickens would return home to roost; after all, they are chickens.”

THE GREAT CHICKEN ESCAPE
Written & Illustrated by: Nikki McClure
Publisher: Cameron Kids (a division of Cameron + Company)
ISBN: 978-1-944903-22-0
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages, 8 x 8
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Distributor: ABRAMS
Retail: $16.95
Age Range: 4 to 8

Nikki McClure is a well-known cut-paper artist and the author of several children’s books, including Abrams’s Waiting for High Tide, In, Collect Raindrops, and May the Stars Drip Down. She lives in Olympia, Washington, with her husband and son.

Cameron Kids, the children’s book imprint of Cameron + Company, publishes kids’ books for all ages. We have a small and growing list of thoughtfully curated, acquired, and produced titles. With an emphasis on beauty, simplicity, and story, we are carrying on the Cameron tradition of books that need to be book—for kids!

CAMERON + COMPANY 149 Kentucky Street, Suite 7 • Petaluma, California 94952
707.769.1617 • Fax 415.223.8520 • http://www.cameronbooks.com

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