I mean, it had to be Rome. We simply had to see Mr Chicken on a Vespa, and Leigh Hobbs does not disappoint.
At the start of this travelling tale, we learn that Mr C has always dreamed of life in Ancient Rome, even as a baby. Now all grown, he's keen as pasta to visit his childhood dream and see these ancient sites for himself.
When Mr Chicken arrives in Rome (all incognito), he's met by his guide Federica. 'Buongiorno, Signor Pollo,' she says, and they set off for the day.
On that Vespa.
From Piazza Venezia to the Pantheon (via gelato, of course) and the Vatican, we sip a virtual espresso with this culture-craving bird as he takes a bath in the Trevi Fountain then tortures himself over the varieties of pasta available for lunch. Will it be spaghetti, cannelloni, penne, tortellini or pasta alla papalina? And will he or won't he wear his chosen pasta as a wig??
Our current Australian Children's Laureate continues to enchant with his errant Mr Chicken and his whacky adventures. Roma is the perfect city to host another hilariously entertaining tale, high on humour and delightful in its cultural splendour.
With his iconic illustrations and penchant for charming detail, this is another giggle-inducing libro to add to the biblioteca.
Title: Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma
Author/Illustrator: Leigh Hobbs
Publisher: Allen & Unwin, $24.99
Publication Date: 24 August 2016
Format: Hard cover
For ages: 4 - 7
Type: Picture Book