Chicks and Salsa

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What happens at Nuthatcher Farm when the chickens get tired of the same old chicken feed? The rooster hatches a plan! With a pinch of genius, a dash of resourcefulness, and a little pilfering from the farmer's garden, the chickens whip up a scrumptious snack of chips and salsa. When the rest of the barnyard gets a whiff of the spicy smells and want to join in, it can mean only one thing . . . FIESTA! But when the big day arrives, all their spicy southwestern supplies are gone! Could Mr. and Mrs. Nuthatcher have ...

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Overview

What happens at Nuthatcher Farm when the chickens get tired of the same old chicken feed? The rooster hatches a plan! With a pinch of genius, a dash of resourcefulness, and a little pilfering from the farmer's garden, the chickens whip up a scrumptious snack of chips and salsa. When the rest of the barnyard gets a whiff of the spicy smells and want to join in, it can mean only one thing . . . FIESTA! But when the big day arrives, all their spicy southwestern supplies are gone! Could Mr. and Mrs. Nuthatcher have caught on to the flavor craze?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Not only is this book funny, it's culturally tapped-in-after all, salsa sales now reportedly outpace those of ketchup. When the chickens at Nuthatcher Farm become fed up with their feed, a charismatic foodie rooster shows them how to pilfer tomatoes and onions from the garden and whip up a wicked salsa ("though nobody was quite certain where the chickens got the chips"). And Southwestern cuisine fever soon spreads to the ducks and pigs; within a few pages, they're feasting on homemade guacamole ("though nobody was quite certain where the ducks got the avocados") and nachos. The fad comes to an abrupt end when Mr. and Mrs. Nuthatcher decide they want a piece of this culinary action, but the rooster isn't fazed: he immerses himself in French cookbooks ("though nobody was quite certain where the rooster learned how to read") and discovers his inner Julia Child. Reynolds punctuates his wry, snappy text with the kind of knowing, running jokes that kids love, while Bogan's (Goodnight Lulu) fiesta-bright comic watercolors evoke the spirit of vintage Warner Bros. animation (astute readers will also note that the barnyard mice seem to be the suppliers of the harder-to-find ingredients). Even confirmed macaroni-and-cheese eaters will devour this literary fandango, which winds up with recipes for nachos, "quackamole" and salsa. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Solving the problem of his flock's boredom with chicken feed, a resourceful rooster leads the hens to make salsa to spice up their diet. He got the idea and recipe while peering in the farm house window, where the farmer's wife was watching the cooking channel. Of course, the ducks are quick to follow with complaints about their menu, so the rooster helps them to stir up some guacamole. Not to be left to plain ol' slops the pigs require a recipe of their own—nachos. Now the entire farmyard is in full feasting mode and plans are made for a grand fiesta. Much to their dismay "all of their spicy southwestern supplies were gone." The farmer's wife had harvested all of the peppers, scallions, tomatoes, limes, etc. to make a fabulous batch of tamales for the county fair, "Ole!" she shouts as she dances around cooking. While all of this cooking is going on readers are treated to the inside story within a story. An enterprising little mouse has managed to provide the barnyard animals with the extra ingredients they needed to make their yummy, change-of-pace foods. The narrator comments "nobody was quite certain where the chickens got the chips" to dip their salsa. The observant child will be delighted to spot the mouse selling bags of chips to the chickens, wagons full of avocados to the ducks, and importing cheese for the pigs' nachos. Even the bull's sombrero was provided by the mouse entrepreneur. The wonderfully-colorful illustrations could tell the story alone but together with the clever text, a lot of fun is captured in one entirely enjoyable book. The recipes for Hog Wild Nachos, Quackamole, and Rooster's Roasted Salsa are included on the end papers. The dust cover doubles as aposter showing all the animals dining al fresco on a fine feast. 2005, Bloomsbury, Ages 4 to 8.
—Sheilah Egan
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A rollicking story about a rooster that is a little smarter than the average barnyard animal. Farmer Nuthatcher's chickens are tired of their regular feed, and it just so happens that the rooster has been watching cooking shows over the farmer's wife's shoulder. He has some ideas, beginning with chips and salsa. Soon the ducks are inspired and give up fish for guacamole, and the pigs go for beans and chiles. With all of this southwestern cuisine, it's time for a fiesta. It turns out, though, that Mrs. Nuthatcher is making tamales, and all of the ingredients the animals need are gone, so it's time for a new cuisine-from a French cookbook. This story is a fun read, with a refrain and a smooth pattern. Bogan's humorous illustrations keep the action moving, and the pages are filled with saturated color and energy. A definite purchase for any library.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A Southwestern cooking show spied through the farmhouse window inspires a rooster weary of the same-old same-old to plan a farmyard fiesta with filched garden tomatoes, chiles, cilantro and other produce. With a rodent syndicate supplying the chips for the salsa, the cheese for the nachos, the avocados for the "quackamole" and the requisite sombreros, the stage is set. Bogan's big cartoon scenes capture the increasing excitement, as well as the general bliss brought on by plenty of pre-fiesta snacking. Alas, it all comes to naught, though, as the produce is suddenly appropriated by the farmer's wife for County Fair tamales. Still, three recipes in the back, a cutout poster attached to the jacket, plus a new venture by the rooster into French cuisine, compensate, at least in part, for the downer ending. Ole! (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582349725
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/7/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.29 (w) x 10.77 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Aaron Reynolds is the author of several (soon to be published) picture books. After graduating with a degree in theater from Illinois Wesleyan University, he held many interesting and exciting jobs, including actor, businessman, waiter, dancer, carpenter, and chef, before becoming a writer. He’s never been a farmer or a rooster, but he’s thinking of trying one of those next. He lives near Chicago, where his wife and two kids keep life spicy.

Paulette Bogan is the author and illustrator of many wonderful books for children, including Goodnight Lulu, a Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection; Momma’s Magical Purse; and the books about the lovable pooch, Spike. She lives with her family in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    We Love Chicks and Salsa!

    My seven year old LOVES this book! The story is clever, unique and FUNNY! The illustrations are wonderful and hilarious. And there are even recipes included, which is great for any enterprising child who wants to taste some Mexican cuisine. We highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    Olé! Vibrant and Engaging

    The illustrations are lively the story is energetic. Like a good picture book, there's something to be discovered on each page. And after you've read it once, you'll probably want to do it all over again just to see what else is going on in these colorful pages. This one's a keeper! Very fun. Olé!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2005

    My second graders love Ms. Bogan's books!

    With every book she publishes, I have a new favorite. The illustrations are overflowing with clever detail for children of all ages. There was so much to discuss with my students while reading this book! Paulette Bogan's books continue to be a favorite in my classroom year after year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    The book with farms animals with a little flava'

    If you love cooking and animals, well this is the book! A fun-filled page turner with outstanding pictures.What happens when these farm animals get bored of their normal food? Read this book to find out what these outrageously funny characters do! If you like reading this book why not try out these titles: Spike and the City, Spike, and spike in the kennel with very awesome illustrations!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    OLE! to Reynold and Bogan

    I am having the best time with this book! As an early childhood educator, I've used it to stimulate language, explore absurdities, discover personification, laugh at the sinsiter mouse character,and hunt for hidden pictures in the included poster! My kids are screaming with laughter! OOO-LA-LA, keep them coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    Olé olé! A Fiesta of Fun!

    Chicks and Salsa is absolutely adorable. It's hilarious. Readers of all ages will enjoy this beautifully illustrated book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2005

    bon appetit

    We saw the illustrator at a local barnes and noble and loved her hilarious and joyful presentation. It's no wonder that her drawings make the story come to life in a deliciously happy way. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2005

    Wonderful and tasty book!

    This is a great book that is perfect for little ones just beginning to read. Different animals and foods enter the story in interesting ways. The illustrations are wonderful and make the book come alive. I bought this book for my little nephew and I definitely recommend it if you are looking for a great gift idea. A tip - we had a chance to hear the illustrator read the book at a local bookstore. Don't miss it if you get that opportunity - it was a treat for the kids and a truly interactive experience!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2005

    something to celebrate!

    Aaron Reynold is a genius! His sense of humor mixed with knowlege of what children really love, makes for a great read and a good laugh! Kids of all ages will not be able to put this one down. The title, Chicks and Salsa, was what caught my attention and made me realize that this guy is full of creativity. It sceams Chicken Run with a fiesta flare!

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