Thursday, April 12, 2012

Children's Book Review: Interrupting Chicken

Interrupting Chicken

Interrupting Chicken
Written and illustrated by: David Ezra Stein
Published by: Candlewick Press, 2010

Awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor!

A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.

It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story —and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is HANSEL AND GRETEL or LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD or even CHICKEN LITTLE, she jumps into the story to save its hapless characters from doing some dangerous or silly thing. Now it’s the little red chicken’s turn to tell a story, but will her yawning papa make it to the end without his own kind of interrupting? Energetically illustrated with glowing colors —and offering humorous story-within-a-story views —this all-too-familiar tale is sure to amuse (and hold the attention of ) spirited little chicks.
* One of the few times that my kids are quiet is during storytime.  Except for the times when my daughter asks what a word means or has a question, my children love listening to stories read aloud and are surprisingly quiet.  Unfortunately, in this Caldecott Honor book, little red chicken can't help herself and frequently interrupts her father during storytime. While her father tries to read her a couple of different classic stories, the little red chicken keeps interrupting him to change the story to make a happy ending.  When they run out of stories, papa suggests that the little red chicken tell him a story. 
The kids were familiar with the stories that papa was trying to read to the little red chicken, Hansel And Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Chicken Little.  I enjoyed the classic storybook picture illustrations with the little red chicken "interrupting" the story.  This was another cute bedtime story with a twist at the end.
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

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