There is an endearing complexity to this cute little chick... Delightful—will surely bring smiles to readers’ faces.

Kirkus Reviews Starred


Pablo is a fresh and funny story for babies and toddlers about stepping out on your own into a bright new world. With the little chick Pablo, we discover our five senses and take a first flight.

Shhh! Pablo is asleep. This is his last night inside the shell. Tomorrow he’ll come out. But he’s a little shy so starts with a very little hole… Tap tap!

Pablo is fresh and funny story about stepping out on your own into a bright new world. With the little chick Pablo we discover up and down, forward and back, shapes, the noises and smells of the outside, and take a first flight. It’s not scary at all! Especially not if you keep a little piece of home with you, in case you need it later.

Written and illustrated by Rascal, translated by Antony Shugaar.

  • Book Details

    Country of Origin Belgium
    Reader Age 0-2 year, 2-5 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Armadillo Magazine

      A single word title, a single name for the Belgian author-illustrator Rascal and a singularly fantastic board/picture book.

    2. The Irish Times

      It is Rascal’s clever illustrations with their simple layers that really help the chick to capture the young reader’s heart. Even the endpapers are a visual delight.

    3. The Scotsman

      Using a palette of mainly black and white, Rascal uses a sweet and simple story to explore themes of uncertainty and new experiences, with some subtle learning about shapes, direction and senses thrown in too.

    4. Creative Steps Magazine

      This fresh and funny story, with its bold illustrations and delicate text will awaken your little one’s senses as they share this story with you!

    5. Celebrate Picture Books

      Kids will love turning the book sideways and upside down to use their imaginations and discover what’s there. When adorable Pablo finally emerges from his shell, the pop of yellow is sure to bring “Awww!”s and requests to read the book again.

    6. Bobs Book Blog

      This excellent picture book is simplicity itself but it covers a whole lot of ground.

    7. Children’s Book Council of Australia

      The book is perfect for small hands to hold.

    8. Readings Bookshops

      This is a fresh and funny story about bravery and stepping out on your own. Pablo is a quirky book that will help toddlers and pre-schoolers face change.

    9. Sal’s Fiction Addiction

      The counting of the holes, the humour in the artwork, and the evolution of this tiny chick will be appreciated every time it is shared.

    10. Bayviews Association of California Libraries

      A clever book for a wide age range.

    11. ReadPlus

      The wonders this book evokes are endless. And it all starts with an egg. But what an egg!

    12. Little Cub Literacy

      A perfect and uplifting story for any child hesitant about an upcoming change, this one is a joy to read!

    13. Waking Brain Cells

      The art is simple and very funny. Perhaps most delightful is the final reveal of Pablo freed from the black egg.

    14. Wandering Bookseller

      I love the size of this book and its bright cover offers a promise of what might hatch.

    15. Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

      Paced perfectly for the preschool audience at which it’s aimed, and featuring simple designs, … this one is a keeper.

    16. Picturebook Pile

      Fun graphics and a simple, yet exciting little story

    17. Foreword reviews

      With a touch of color at its close, the book reminds children that, even as they grow and change, a piece of home is always with them

    18. Youth Services Book Review

      Bold, simple, stylized art plays with perception, as the crisp black and white Pablo as an egg, yields a soft, fuzzy yellow Pablo as a hatched chick. I like also how the senses come in to play as he hatches – there are onomatopoeia for the first sounds he hears. A clever book.

    19. YA and Kids Book Central

      Pablo is a charming and fun read about experiencing new things, with some fun counting, sensory, and directional details. Recommend for a broad range of ages from infants through early elementary school readers.

    20. Luminous Libro

      5 stars. I loved this cute book!…The illustrations are very minimalist with simple black and white art, until the last page when we get to see Pablo’s fluffy yellow feathers. I love the art style! I think it’s very effective.

    21. Kirkus Reviews STARRED

      Though the images may be black and white, Pablo is no black-and-white character. There is an endearing complexity to this cute little chick… Delightful—will surely bring smiles to readers’ faces.

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