Chicken Butt!by Erica S. Perl, Henry Cole
You know what?
The classic schoolyard joke has been recast as an irreverent picture book, with call-and-response parts for parent and child. The word repetition in Erica S. Perl’s text, and wonderfully comic illustrations by beloved artist Henry Cole, make this a particularly inviting book for new/i>/i>/i>
You know what?
The classic schoolyard joke has been recast as an irreverent picture book, with call-and-response parts for parent and child. The word repetition in Erica S. Perl’s text, and wonderfully comic illustrations by beloved artist Henry Cole, make this a particularly inviting book for new readers, as does the opportunity to “trick” a parent or other adult into participating in a very silly joke. The humor builds to a surprising and satisfying conclusion. Warning: Kids will want to read this one over and over and over again!
“An unhinged piece of slap-happy rhyming rocket-propelled artwork the romp is a powerful piece of cacophony, more frenetic by the moment.”Kirkus Reviews
Dad is engrossed in the paper, which of course makes him a ripe target for a silliness offensive by his son. "You know what?" says the boy, with a gleam in his eyes worthy of Bart Simpson. "What?" says unsuspecting parent, as a wide-eyed chicken peers around the corner, conspicuously out of place in their living room. "CHICKEN BUTT!" shouts the son, the words plastered on the airborne fowl's expansive backside. An increasingly hysteric call and response ensues, in which Chicken gives a hyper performance, Dad moves from bemused to exasperated and Perl (Ninety-Three in My Family) manages to rhyme "You know how?" with "chicken eyebrow" and "You know who?" with "chicken tattoo." Cole (the Katy Duck series), as wryly effervescent as ever, doesn't try to make this story anything more than it is: one of those treasured (by kids at least) moments of parent-child interaction that has no redeeming social value. When he covers a spread with "CHICKEN BUTT!" scrawled a dozen times on top of 18 emotive chickens, it's clear that mania is the message. Ages 3-6. (Apr.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
On the prefatory pages, a boy meets a chicken while at a newsstand with his father, and it follows him home. Once they are all settled on the couch, the chicken prompts the infamous rhyming conversation between father and son. "'You know what?' 'What?' 'Chicken butt.' 'You know why?' 'Why?' 'Chicken thigh!'" And so it goes. The plot is simple-the conversation escalates until the exasperated father says, "Enough! No more!" But the child continues, giving the story a new twist. Cole's illustrations and the page design work to make this book really enjoyable. The dialogue is written in different fonts-the father's in black in an authoritative typewriter font and the son's in bold red. The father, reading his newspaper, wants nothing more than some peace, while the boy cavorts with the pop-eyed chicken. The illustrations are manic and raucous, and the humor is evident throughout. This book would be fun to read aloud with children in two voices or act out at storytimes and in classrooms. Kids will definitely love it.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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- Product dimensions:
- 9.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
Meet the Author
Erica S. Perl is a full-time writer and part-time chicken. She is the author of Ninety-three in My Family (Reuben Award, Book Sense Pick, Slate’s Best Books), which School Library Journal called a “comic masterpiece,” and Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early, which received a starred review from Booklist. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C. Visit her at ericaperl.com. Henry Cole grew up on a farm in Virginia with a coop full of mischievous chickens. He now lives in Florida with two peacocks. You can find him online at www.henrycole.net.
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By 2yo and 4 yo boys love this book. It's silly and lots of fun. They ask for it when the wake up and before they go to sleep. And, they've learned how to spell "butt" from the book. Lol.