Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Children's Book Review: Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
Illustrated by: Various illustrators
Published by: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2006
We all know the joke. We've all told it. Kids love to tell it over and over and over again, with as many different punch lines as possible. And now we've found out that famous award-winning artists love to tell the joke too—and they have some wacky and downright hilarious ideas about why that chicken really did cross the road. Mo Willems's chicken confesses his motives to a police officer; David Shannon's chicken can drive a car; Marla Frazee's chicken is looking for a more luxurious coop; and Harry Bliss's chicken encounters aliens. And this is just the beginning. One thing is for sure—you won't cross this book without a good laugh!
* My kids are beginning to get into and understand joke telling. They are familiar with the classic "Why did the chicken cross the road?" So when I saw this book at the library I thought they would enjoy it. I had no idea what the book was about but was pleasantly surprised to see that it's a compilation of various illustrators, including some of our favorites, Tedd Arnold, Mo Willems, and David Shannon. Each artist drew their own interpretation as to why the chicken crossed the road, so there are many different artistic styles represented. This is a great introduction to popular children's illustrators (and some are also authors). The end of the book contains mini bios of the various illustrators, including other books that they have illustrated. This is a visual and humorous book that we all enjoyed.
This book was borrowed from the library.
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.