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Elvis the Rooster Almost Goes to Heaven

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Elvis is a proud rooster. After all, his crows make the sun come up and wake the world. At least they did until the terrible morning that he swallowed a bug and the sun came up without him. Poor Elvis! Is he all washed-up? Is it over? Should he give up and simply pass on to the great chicken coop in the sky? Not if the chickens - Daniela, Gina, and Lia - can help it!

The popular rooster from Denys Cazet's Minnie and Moo books proudly takes ...

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Overview

Elvis is a proud rooster. After all, his crows make the sun come up and wake the world. At least they did until the terrible morning that he swallowed a bug and the sun came up without him. Poor Elvis! Is he all washed-up? Is it over? Should he give up and simply pass on to the great chicken coop in the sky? Not if the chickens - Daniela, Gina, and Lia - can help it!

The popular rooster from Denys Cazet's Minnie and Moo books proudly takes center stage in his first zany adventure.

The wisecracking rooster from the popular Minnie and Moo series stars in his own hilarious tale. When Elvis swallows a bug and the sun comes up without his crow, he thinks his life is over and his career finished.

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Editorial Reviews

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
“Kids will revel in the comic melodrama of the obtrusively languishing Elvis, a gifted star with some snort-worthy closeups.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Kids will revel in the comic melodrama of the obtrusively languishing Elvis, a gifted star with some snort-worthy closeups."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Kids will revel in the comic melodrama of the obtrusively languishing Elvis, a gifted star with some snort-worthy closeups.”
Publishers Weekly
Centering on the engaging rooster friend to Cazet's Minnie and Moo, this new I Can Read book handily showcases the author's snappy humor, which permeates both narrative and pictures. When a bug flies into Elvis's mouth just as he prepares to proud[ly] wake the world, his gasping prevents him from crowing and the sun rises without his welcome. Worthless.... I might as well be a cow, moans the frustrated fellow (luckily, his bovine buddies remain out of earshot; they make no appearance in this book). After his feathered friends tuck him into bed in the chicken coop, Elvis asks, What good is living if you're not a rooster anymore? and melodramatically bids farewell. His pals' plan to help Elvis recover his pluck misfires with hilarious yet ultimately successful consequences. The entertaining supporting cast of beaked characters includes a trio of bickering hens who engage in comical wordplay (He's lost his pluck Cluck?... He's lost his cluck? Pluck!... Pluck! Duck?... You're giving my job to a duck? Elvis chimes in) and the benignly thug-like, sunglasses-sporting Little Willie and Rocky, who mastermind and execute the scheme. Packing plenty of pluck and cluck, and careening from the slapstick to the droll, Cazet's tale will tickle novices as well as established readers. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Elvis was ready in his usual place. The sky was just beginning to brighten when he took a deep breath so that he could crow and help the sun rise. Much to his consternation, a bug flies into his gaping mouth and he can't let loose with his cock-a-doodle-do. To make matters even worse the sun rose without his help and the shock was so great that Elvis, the proud rooster fainted. His barnyard buddies are concerned, but thanks to a plan hatched by Little Willie and Rocky plus the aid of the chickens, they all manage to give Elvis back his pluck. Despite some foul ups, they succeed in convincing the crestfallen Elvis that the sun really can't rise without his help. The story is full of sight gags (Willy in cool dark shades and suit), puns, and just plain good humor (Daniela performing the Heimlich maneuver on Elvis.) that combine to make this story a real treat for young readers. 2003, HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
— Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Elvis has always been a cocky sort of rooster--king of his domain and secure in the erroneous belief that he, and he alone, causes the sun to rise each morning. That makes him pretty important! One day a swallowed bug interferes with the rooster's morning crow-and the sun rises anyway! Elvis sinks into a deep funk. How can his friends help him regain his "pluck"--or is that "cluck?" This is another silly farm story from Denys Cazet (HarperCollins, 2003). Barbara Caruso reads the book's short chapters with tongue-in-cheek humor, accompanied by light background music and sound effects. She lets Cazet's humor speak for itself, and it does. There are your typical misunderstandings and slapstick antics before a nice resolution. While Minnie and Moo are missing, their trademark banter can be found in the dialogue of Elvis's hens. This is an enjoyable read-along opportunity that should set youngsters, and adults, giggling.-Teresa Bateman, Brigadoon Elementary School, Federal Way, WA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The tender male ego gets another bruising in this spin-off from Cazet's popular "Minnie and Moo" readers. Elvis the rooster is about to crow the sun up as usual when a bug flies into his mouth, and he sees the sun rise without his help. Much later, dapper Little Willie's beefy (well, goosey, to be precise) sidekick, Rocky, finds him swooning on the barn roof, and hauls him down to a sickbed in the coop, from which he proclaims his imminent demise due to uselessness. "I might as well be a cow." With help from other barnyard residents, Little Willie gets Elvis back up onto the roof for another try, only to see him inhale another bug at just the wrong moment. Happily, Henrietta Hen is standing by to deliver a quick Heimlich maneuver, saving the day (so to speak), and allowing Elvis to regain his "pluck." Small but finely detailed scenes of barnyard fowl, some adorned with cool-looking shades, add an extra layer of daffiness to this droll episode; fans of the series, and younger readers in general, will applaud as Elvis takes center stage. (Easy reader. 6-8)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Kids will revel in the comic melodrama of the obtrusively languishing Elvis, a gifted star with some snort-worthy closeups.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Kids will revel in the comic melodrama of the obtrusively languishing Elvis, a gifted star with some snort-worthy closeups.”
Chicago Tribune
“Any adult or child involved with this book will laugh aloud....Elvis and company are worth crowing about.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060005023
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/11/2004
  • Series: I Can Read Book 3 Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Readers Medal.

The books about Minnie and Moo are his first for beginning readers. He was inspired to tell stories about the silly cow best-friends when he passed a herd of cows in which all but two were facing the same way. The other two stood next to each other, facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the cows. He immediately dubbed the two nonconformists Minnie and Moo and imagined the adventures two cows who were loyal friends rather than followers of the herd. Mr. Cazet is currently writing I Can Read Books featuring Elvis the Rooster from the farm on which Minnie and Moo live.

Mr. Cazet was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, and has also been a school librarian and elementary school media specialist. He remains active in his local elementary school parent and advisory committees. A California native, Mr. Cazet lives with his family in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

Denys Cazet is the author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books for children, including Never Spit On Your Shoes, winner of the California Young Readers Medal.

The books about Minnie and Moo are his first for beginning readers. He was inspired to tell stories about the silly cow best-friends when he passed a herd of cows in which all but two were facing the same way. The other two stood next to each other, facing in the opposite direction from the rest of the cows. He immediately dubbed the two nonconformists Minnie and Moo and imagined the adventures two cows who were loyal friends rather than followers of the herd. Mr. Cazet is currently writing I Can Read Books featuring Elvis the Rooster from the farm on which Minnie and Moo live.

Mr. Cazet was an elementary school teacher for 25 years, and has also been a school librarian and elementary school media specialist. He remains active in his local elementary school parent and advisory committees. A California native, Mr. Cazet lives with his family in the foothills of the Napa Valley.

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