Chicken in Space by Adam Lehrhaupt and illustrated by Shahar Kober
This picture book celebrates the power of imagination. Zoey the chicken and her best friend Sam, a pig, live on a farm. Zoey is a big dreamer who likes adventure. She is determined and resourceful and doesn’t let obstacles deter her from her plan. Sam is willing to follow her anywhere as long as he gets to eat – he especially likes pie. The others animals on the farm are not interested in going to space, so Zoey and Sam blast off on their own, using a basket carried by balloons. They encounter asteroids (actually a baseball), comets (actually a kite), and alien attack ships that down their spaceship (birds that pop the balloons). After their crash landing, Sam shares their adventure with the other farm animals and is rewarded by Zoey with a moon pie! Cute illustrations in muted colors add to the fun of the story.