Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have a genius for creating stories with a daring denouement. The jolly rhyming text expounds the exploits of a cheery little chick who sneaks into the farmer’s house and makes hay by using the computer to order all sorts of extraordinary items on the internet: ‘She ordered scooters for the sheep and skates for all the swine.’ The comedy is complemented by the pictures of the chick with her sweet simpering smile tapping on the keyboard and clicking the mouse. Both the chick and the reader are lulled into a sense of security by the fun she is having. But then she discovers a website for making friends - will the feeling of unease that creeps up on the reader also be conveyed to the chirpy chick in time to avert disaster?
The dynamic duo of Willis and Ross have now produced three follow ups: Troll Stinks (9781783445691, Andersen Press £6.99) focuses on cyberbullying; #Goldilocks (9781783448784, Andersen Press £6.99) is about being careful about sharing on social media; Old Macdonald Had a Phone (9781783449521, Andersen Press £12.99) is a cautionary tale for smartphone users.