Bawk & Roll

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Overview

C'mon over--there's a whole lot of clucking going on in this hilarious follow-up to the popular Chicken Dance.

Marge and Lola have hit the big time! The dancing duo is ready to rock 'n' roll their way across the country, touring with the great Elvis Poultry. But when the lights go down and the curtain goes up, stage fright sets in. Will our two beloved chickens be too chicken to perform? Or will they find their courage and totally bawk, shake, ...

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Overview

C'mon over--there's a whole lot of clucking going on in this hilarious follow-up to the popular Chicken Dance.

Marge and Lola have hit the big time! The dancing duo is ready to rock 'n' roll their way across the country, touring with the great Elvis Poultry. But when the lights go down and the curtain goes up, stage fright sets in. Will our two beloved chickens be too chicken to perform? Or will they find their courage and totally bawk, shake, and flap? 

 

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Picking up where Chicken Dance (2009) left off, this sequel finds talented hens Marge and Lola heading out on tour as backup singers for their idol, Elvis Poultry. Stage fright proves to be an ongoing problem—“The chickens trembled. They fanned their wattles. They... fainted”—but they conquer it with a little help from their friends. Santat is clearly having a blast with the material: his spreads are packed with jokes and asides, his Elvis impersonation is spot-on, and Marge and Lola are a comedic vision in their Vegas showgirl–style costumes. There are a few minor hiccups (the hens’ skydiving mishap is inscrutable), but they hardly detract from this punny, rocking romp. Ages 4–7. Agent: Laura Rennert, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Illustrator’s agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Apr.)
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“Sauer dispenses her many puns with an appealingly deft touch, offering a genuine lesson on friendship. Santat's illustrations are similarly droll, featuring several clever and surprising page designs, making the most of the opportunity offered by the contrast between stage and audience. This flock rocks.”  --Kirkus Reviews
  
“Santat is clearly having a blast with the material: his spreads are packed with jokes and asides, his Elvis impersonation is spot-on, and Marge and Lola are a comedic vision in their Vegas showgirl-style costumes.... [a]punny, rocking romp.”--Publishers Weekly 
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Get ready to rock with another tongue-in-beak tale from Sauer and Santat. Marge and Lola enjoy backup dancing for the flashy Elvis Poultry on their home turf, but going out on the road overwhelms them. They tremble, fan their wattles, and faint at each performance despite relaxation techniques like bubble baths, painting, and imagining their animal audience in their "tightie whities." Elvis's patience wears thin, until the hens cross the road to send a letter to the home crowd, who appear in the front row at the next performance, giving the bedazzling chickens confidence to shout out for Dale's Dairy Farm residents to "show their mooooooves." The superstars hit the top of the charts and take their biggest fans on the tour bus. Sauer supplies just the right amount of puns, and Santat's outrageous Vegas showbiz illustrations beg for repeated examination. The book jacket models an LP cover, including song titles like "Love Me Tofu Tender." Get your ticket soon!—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Kirkus Reviews
The further adventures of Elvis Poultry, rooster rock star (Chicken Dance, 2009). Marge and Lola, Elvis Poultry's backup Chicken Dancers, wave goodbye to their barnyard buddies from a window of their tour bus. McDoodle's Barnyard is the first stop on their glamorous multi-farm tour. But the crowd is so big and unfamiliar that the hens faint from nerves. They resolve to do better at their next performance venue, but… Elvis parachutes to the stage, making a spectacular soft landing, followed by the thud of Lola and Marge. What to do? They try painting, hypnosis, meditation... but nothing seems to work. Then it hits them: In order to solve their problem, they actually cross the road (to a mailbox)! At the next tour stop, Dale's Dairy Farm, the crowd looks disgruntled. "We're going to get mooed off the stage," Marge predicts. But their entrance is greeted with cheers; all their friends from back on the farm have come out to support them. Elvis is so inspired that he comes up with a brand new song on the spot. His recording of "Blue Moo" shoots to the top of the charts. Can you say superstars? Sauer dispenses her many puns with an appealingly deft touch, offering a genuine lesson on friendship. Santat's illustrations are similarly droll, featuring several clever and surprising page designs, making the most of the opportunity offered by the contrast between stage and audience. This flock rocks. (Picture book. 4-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402778377
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 532,567
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Tammi Sauer
Tammi Sauer is the author of the bestselling Chicken Dance and Cowboy Camp (both Sterling).  She is an active blogger (tammisauer.com) and highly involved in the children's writer community, in addition to being a great promoter of her own books. Tammi has worked as a teacher and library media specialist and now lives in Oklahoma with her husband and their two children.
 
Award-winning illustrator Dan Santat is a children's book artist, writer, and creator of the Disney animated film The Replacements. His books include Chicken Dance (Sterling) and The Guild of Geniuses (Arthur A Levine Books, 2004), which was a Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Selection and won the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators Bronze Medal for Book Illustration. Dan lives in southern California with his wife and son.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2013

    Awesome art, but for some reason the story line didn't hold me c

    Awesome art, but for some reason the story line didn't hold me children's attention?

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  • Posted September 26, 2012

    Hilarious sequel

    Bawk & Roll is the hilarious sequel to Chicken Dance, also by Sauer and Santat. The humor is contagious and for kids and adults. I would recommend this for ages 3 and up.

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  • Posted March 30, 2012

    In this bawk-tastic sequel to CHICKEN DANCE, Tammi Sauer and Dan

    In this bawk-tastic sequel to CHICKEN DANCE, Tammi Sauer and Dan Santat will once again rock your socks off. Marge and Lola have joined Elvis Poultry’s barnyard tour, but stage fright gets the best of them. The story and illustrations mesh beautifully, giving the reader and listener things to look and laugh at on every page. The resolution of Marge and Lola’s problem is both heartwarming and unexpected. I’m not sure I can pick a favorite, but I know that CHICKEN DANCE and BAWK & ROLL will have a special place in both my classroom and my home for years to come.

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