Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!

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Big Brown Rooster is sick of chicken feed. So along with his friends-Turtle, Iguana, and Potbellied Pig-he sets out to make the most magnificent strawberry shortcake in the whole wide world. But there's one problem: none of his friends knows how to cook! The team bravely forges ahead, and with Rooster's help, they learn how to measure flour (not with a ruler) and how to beat an egg (not with a baseball bat). But can they keep Pig from gobbling up all the ingredients? Take an old family recipe, add four funny ...
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Overview

Big Brown Rooster is sick of chicken feed. So along with his friends-Turtle, Iguana, and Potbellied Pig-he sets out to make the most magnificent strawberry shortcake in the whole wide world. But there's one problem: none of his friends knows how to cook! The team bravely forges ahead, and with Rooster's help, they learn how to measure flour (not with a ruler) and how to beat an egg (not with a baseball bat). But can they keep Pig from gobbling up all the ingredients? Take an old family recipe, add four funny friends, and mix in some hilarious cooking confusion and you have a picture book treat for children of all ages! 11 X 9-1/2. Full-color illustrations

With the questionable help of his friends, Big Brown Rooster manages to bake a strawberry shortcake which would have pleased his great-grandmother, Little Red Hen.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
What appears to be a simple variant on the story of the Little Red Hen is a very sophisticated and humorous take off filled with verbal and visual humor. If that isn't enough, there is a cooking lesson and plenty of measurement facts and figures in the sidebars of each spread. Big Brown Rooster is sick of chicken feed and his laments "What's a hungry rooster to do?" Remembering stories from his mama, he hunts until he finds her copy of The Joy of Cooking Alone by L. R. Hen. Discovering a recipe for strawberry shortcake, he decides that is it and heads for the farm house kitchen. On the way the Dog, Cat and Goose all declare they will not help, so with a sigh he puts on an apron (it looks like a bonnet) ready to cook alone but suddenly Turtle, Iguana and Potbellied Pig offer to help. What a trio. Iguana takes the instructions literally and pulls up a petunia when asked to fetch the flour uses a ruler to measure and so on. Potbellied Pig wants to taste at every stage and is continually told to wait. Each scene is filled with this quartet creating this magnificent pastry. There is a humorous twist at the end of the tale and on the very last page a copy of the recipe and B. B. Rooster's very own cookbook entitled The Joy of Cooking Together. A book that will have readers cackling with delight.
School Library Journal
Humor is the chief ingredient in this entertaining tale. Big Brown Rooster is hungry for new flavors and seeks out his great-grandmother's cookbook (the Little Red Hen's appropriately titled The Joy of Cooking Alone). In this case, however, Rooster does manage to find some animals that agree to help him. The confused efforts of inept Iguana, greedy Pig, and patient Turtle are amusing, as are Stevenson's slightly skewed representations of familiar objects (Land o' Pond's butter, a T-REX measuring cup). Against all odds, the end result looks delicious, but clumsy Iguana drops the strawberry shortcake on the floor and Pig quickly gobbles it up. Luckily, Rooster is patient, quite determined, and, it turns out, generous. When the four friends create another beautiful cake, even the animals that chose not to participate are invited to enjoy the feast. The basic premise of the story gives it the feel of a fractured fairy tale, and the mix of friendship, fun, and food will satisfy the appetites of most readers. Whether they will take the time to read the sidebars that explain baking terms and techniques-or try the featured recipe-is less clear. Luckily, it's easy enough to skip over the sidebars; and, in fact, doing so makes the story flow more smoothly. The mixed-media illustrations are drawn on paper made from such ingredients as flour, flowers, eggshells, and even baking powder, giving the book added flavor.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
A cross between a picture book take-off of the story of the Little Red Hen and a cooking lesson on the making of strawberry shortcake. When Big Brown Rooster, great-grandson of the Little Red Hen, discovers a recipe for strawberry shortcake in her book, The Joy of Cooking Alone, he makes up his mind to be a cook. In a nod to the original tale, Dog, Cat, and Goose won't help, but Turtle, Iguana, and Pig volunteer. Panels running down the outer margins of some pages offer further information on cooking; in the meantime, the antics surrounding the baking of the cake overtake the studied connections to Little Red Hen. Though entertaining, the story is not seamless in its many functions; it ends on a flat note with a splat of the shortcake on the floor and a pep talk about teamwork. The real humor is in the hilarious illustrations, where a sketchier-than-usual style gives the book a more hurried appearance. Stevens never misses an opportunity for expressiveness in her characters; her inclusion of funny details adds more silliness to the story, from the overturned copper-pot hat on Turtle to the T-rex measuring cup. (Picture book. 4-8)
From the Publisher
"A boisterous romp."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Part careful recipe, part wild farce, this gloriously illustrated picture book brings the farmyard into the kitchen with parody and puns and nonsense slapstick that kids will love."—Booklist (starred review)

"A tasty and joyous romp . . . promises messy kitchen fun."—The Bulletin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152019242
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 686,151
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.24 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

JANET STEVENS is the author and illustrator of many popular books for children. Her picture books have garnered awards including a Caldecott Honor, a Texas Bluebonnet Award, and an American Booksellers Book of the Year Honor. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

SUSAN STEVENS CRUMMEL is the author of a number of acclaimed picture books, many of which she wrote with her sister, Janet Stevens. A former teacher, Ms. Crummel now spends her time writing and visiting schools as a guest author. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2009

    Cook-A-Doodle-Doo

    A new favorite for my three-year-old grandson and me. I love the reference to the rooster's genealogy and the helpful can-do-attitude of his friends. The book made it easy for discussion during and after reading about cooking and relationships. When you read this book, you will understand why we had to go straight to the kitchen and bake "something special".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2006

    very cute

    it is a great book for children and it had a ton of creativity and wonderful illistrations. it was very cute and fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2006

    Great Mix of Humor and Cooking!!

    I loved this book. I intend to use it with my first grade class to make strawberry shortcake--using the book's recipe, of course!

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