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Children's Fiction Imagination & Play

I’ll Be a Chicken Too

by (author) Lana Vanderlee

illustrated by Mike Deas

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2023
Imagination & Play, Stories in Verse, General
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    May 2023
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


A lively, loving serenade full of animals and rhyme that celebrates the joy of playing together.

Humans become chickens and roosters, frogs and dogs, snails, whales and many more animals under the sun as children explore their creativity and uniqueness and caregivers play alongside.

With messages of inclusiveness and unconditional acceptance, the rollicking, rhyming couplets depicting a day filled with dress-up and make-believe are a humorous and satisfying reminder to children of just how much their caregivers love them, no matter what.

About the authors

Lana Vanderlee is a first-time author, nutrition policy researcher and mom. With a PhD in public health, Lana spends her time trying to make it is easier for people to live healthier lives. She grew up in the mountains of Banff, Alberta, and now resides in beautiful Québec City with her family, where they spend most of their free time exploring parks and libraries.

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Mike Deas est auteur-illustrateur de bandes dessinées, telles que Tank and Fizz and The Case of the Tentacle Terror. Il signe aussi les illustrations de la série Graphic Guide Adventure. Sa passion pour l'illustration a été entretenue tout au long de son enfance à l'île Saltspring, en Colombie-Britannique où il habite encore aujourd'hui.


MIKE DEAS is an author/illustrator of graphic novels, most recently Tank and Fizz and the Case of the Tentacle Terror. He is the illustrator of the Graphic Guide Adventure series. His love for illustrative storytelling comes from an early love of reading and drawing while growing up on Saltspring Island, British Columbia. Visit him online at

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Editorial Reviews

“Toddlers and adults alike will enjoy sharing this story. Simple and sweet.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Invites repeat readings…Story hour attendees will quickly learn to chant along, and naming the animals will be a happy side lesson. A title with sweet promise.”

School Library Journal

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