Chicken Butt's Back!

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Erica S. Perl and Henry Cole team up once again to deliver spot-on humor with their unforgettable chicken character. 

In this cheeky (sorry!) sequel to the wildly fun Chicken Butt!, the young jokester and his chicken muse are back, but this time they're trying to trick Mom. She thinks she has caught on to the gag, but as she distractedly does the grocery shopping, she falls victim to a flurry of jokes using homonyms and homophones—words ...

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Overview

Erica S. Perl and Henry Cole team up once again to deliver spot-on humor with their unforgettable chicken character. 

In this cheeky (sorry!) sequel to the wildly fun Chicken Butt!, the young jokester and his chicken muse are back, but this time they're trying to trick Mom. She thinks she has caught on to the gag, but as she distractedly does the grocery shopping, she falls victim to a flurry of jokes using homonyms and homophones—words such as "dear" and "deer," and "which" and "witch." Wordplay has never been so much fun. 

Like Chicken Butt!, this story encourages children to participate in a call-and-response reading format that reinforces their reading skills.

Praise for Chicken Butt's Back!
"Coles’ tickled-pink cartoonish artwork gets right into the mix, the chocolate chip to the cookie dough. The denouement is so merrily explosive that just to imagine the shrieking voices of a read-aloud is mightily cheering.” –Kirkus Reviews 

“Cole's kinetic, acrylic and colored pencil cartoons strike the right tone of mild disobedience.” 
Publishers Weekly 

“Fans of Chicken Butt! are going to love this sequel. This is the kind of book that siblings will beg to read to each other, especially since it’s set up for two voices.” –School Library Journal

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mom is so over it: "I'll make this crystal clear:/ No more 'Chicken Butt' my dear." But for the star of Chicken Butt! every grocery store item (and everything his mother says) becomes fodder for his favorite joke. With a mischievous chicken egging him on, "Deer-ly Beloved Maple Syrup" gives rise to "DEER BUTT!" and Mom's confused "Which? But..." spawns a booty-shaking witch. Cole's kinetic, acrylic and colored pencil cartoons strike the right tone of mild disobedience, and Mom's half-lidded eyes telegraph her weariness. As in the book itself, parents will likely tire of the joke well before kids do. Ages 3–up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Claudia Mills
Oh, no! Every parent who has ever dreaded being tricked into potty-mouth talk by a clever and persistent child will recognize herself in this clever sequel to Perl and Cole's popular Chicken Butt! The more that this poor, beleaguered mom, simply trying to get her weekly grocery shopping done, tries to head off inappropriate remarks about certain body parts, the more she finds herself outwitted by her one-track-mind son: "But, Mom, look now. Look by the cat!" Poor Mom looks and is confused: "Cat? But. . ." Yes, he made her say it; he made her say "cat butt"! And "witch butt" and, worst of all, "bear"—that is to say, BARE—butt. The illustrations are more than half the fun here, for those who want to see very large pictures of very large animal behinds, and, really, who doesn't? Even those who vow not to get sucked into the silliness here may succumb when the question "He's eating under WHERE?" becomes transformed into "He's eating UNDERWEAR." Yes, this can be used to teach kids about homonyms and homophones, but mainly it can be used to drive kids wild with hilarity as they drive their parents wild with good-natured frustration. Reviewer: Claudia Mills, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Fans of Chicken Butt! (Abrams, 2009) are going to love this sequel. Mom, whose face clearly shows she's heard enough, tries to resist any overtures or invitations to engage in butt-talk. She's savvy, but not savvy enough and quickly gets drawn into every word trap laid by her irrepressible son—and by Chicken—as they shop in a grocery store. Homonyms and homophones take center stage as "dear"/"deer," "which"/"witch," and "bare"/"bear" get attention, and Mom falls for the all-time biggest trap by asking, "Who's eating under where?" Kids are going to love the spread of the chicken holding pairs of underwear with bites taken out of them. This is the kind of book that siblings will beg to read to each other, especially since it's set up for two voices; parents may soon look like the mom in the book if they have to read it more than once or twice, but it may take a couple of reads to get the flow of the conversation, which is awkward in places. But not to worry; the humor is still there in Cole's exuberant acrylic and colored pencil illustrations.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810997295
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 253,325
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Erica S. Perl is the author of Ninety-three in My Family, Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early, Chicken Butt!, and Dotty. She lives in Washington, DC. Visit her at www.ericaperl.com. Henry Cole is the illustrator of Chicken Butt! and lives in Florida and Virginia. Visit him at www.henrycole.net.

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