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Interrupting Chicken

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Awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor!

A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.

It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story —and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is HANSEL AND GRETEL or LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD or even CHICKEN LITTLE, she jumps into the story to save its hapless...

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Overview

Awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor!

A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.

It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story —and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is HANSEL AND GRETEL or LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD or even CHICKEN LITTLE, she jumps into the story to save its hapless characters from doing some dangerous or silly thing. Now it’s the little red chicken’s turn to tell a story, but will her yawning papa make it to the end without his own kind of interrupting? Energetically illustrated with glowing colors —and offering humorous story-within-a-story views —this all-too-familiar tale is sure to amuse (and hold the attention of ) spirited little chicks.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Stein's earlier books did not foretell an ability to pull off broad comedy, but this father-and-daughter bedtime banter is all the better for being a surprise. A little red chicken, lying in bed in her pajamas, can't help slamming on the brakes when Papa's read-aloud stories get too tense: "Out jumped a little red chicken," she cuts in as Papa reads Hansel and Gretel, "and she said, ‘DON'T GO IN! SHE'S A WITCH!' So Hansel and Gretel didn't. THE END!" Stein's spreads are thickly and energetically worked, the colors intense, and the lighting and shadows dramatic. For Papa's bedtime stories, Stein (Leaves) shifts styles, inking each scene in spindly ink; when the chicken interrupts, she bursts onto the sepia pages in full color. And when, after cutting short three of Papa's stories, she starts in on a tale of her own, Stein switches again to preschooler crayon, as her sleepy father interrupts in his own way. The delivery is Catskill perfect; readers will fall hard for the antics of this hapless pair. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
It is the young chicken's bedtime, and Papa has agreed to read a favorite story. And she has promised not to interrupt. But no sooner has Papa begun "Hansel and Gretel" when the little chicken jumps into the tale to warn of the witch. And that ends that. So Papa tries again, this time with "Little Red Riding Hood." In jumps the chicken again, warning about the wolf, to end that story. The chicken promises to be good for one more story. Tired Papa begins "Chicken Little," but is foiled when the little one tells everyone it is only an acorn and not the sky falling. Out of stories, Papa asks the little chicken to tell him a story. And so she does. And guess who falls asleep? The anthropomorphic pair of fowls sport elaborate red head appendages that add to the humorous effects. The loose illustrations of the parent and child at bedtime, done in water color, water-soluble crayon, china marker, pen, opaque white ink, and tea, contrast with the double-page illustrations in the books being read, done mainly in a black and white sketchy style set in oval frames. A further contrast is provided in the pages of the little chicken's original story book, Bedtime for Papa. Parents reading aloud will be very sympathetic; savvy listeners will be amused. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 2—In a picture book that is as charming and comic as Pouch! (Putnam, 2009), Stein again represents an affectionate parent's trials with a vigorous child. At bedtime, despite a rooster papa's best efforts to share classic fairy tales with his daughter, Little Red Chicken's soft heart means she can't help but jump into each story to warn Hansel and Gretel and then Red Riding Hood about impending danger, and to assure Chicken Little: "Don't panic! It was just an acorn." In each case, the story abruptly ends, wearying the father with what to do next. When he convinces his daughter to compose her own story, she fills four pages with preschool-style spelling and drawings about a chicken putting her papa to bed, but her tale is interrupted by Papa's snores. At the end, the pair cuddle together, asleep. Stein's droll cartoons use watercolor, crayon, china marker, pen, and tea. The rich colors of the characters perfectly contrast with the sepia pages of the storybooks. This is one of the rare titles that will entertain both parent and child.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763641689
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 8/10/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 32,329
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD300L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.98 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

David Ezra Stein is an author-illustrator whose previous books include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

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    Add a little humor to bedtime!

    Papa chicken pulled the jammie top over little red chicken's head and picked her up to take him to her bed. The dark sky could be seen between the cracks of the curtains as a breeze ruffled them. Little chicken's bed was ready and waiting and her teddy was already tucked in, but there was something amiss. Little chicken announced to her Papa that there was something missing and when asked what it was she boldly announced, "A bedtime story!" There were lots of books piled up near the bed, and Papa agreed and firmly announced, "I'll read one of your favorites. And of course you are not going to `interrupt' the story tonight are you?" Oh, no ... little red chicken was really going to be a good girl! Papa began to read the story of "Hansel and Gretel" and just when the old woman invited them in, the little red chicken began to shout her warning to the children and said, "So Hansel and Gretel didn't. THE END." It may have been true, but Papa was not very happy with little red chicken and scolded her. Oh, yes, she was going to be a very good girl. Maybe. Papa began to read about "Little Red Riding Hood." "Out jumped a little red chicken, and she said, `DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS!'" Papa was not very happy with two interruptions and scolded little red chicken again. Was Papa ever going to get through a book without interruption? Was little red chicken going to be a good girl and listen? This marvelously zany story of the little red chicken that interrupted her Papa's stories will tickle your funny bone. Of course this story does have a light realistic cast to it as many little ones, as we all know, sometimes enjoy interrupting a story to shout out the ending. The little red chicken has the "I know, I know" syndrome and loves to tell her Papa the end of the story. This story has a delightfully humorous twist at the end that would make even the most diehard curmudgeon smile. The artwork has a lovely nostalgic aura when Papa is reading from a fairy tale and a scintillatingly silly cast to it when we see him reading to his little chicken. Quill says: Interrupting Chicken is a Caldecott Honor Book, a definite tale for those who enjoy a little humor in their bedtime stories!

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    My nephew went completely ga-ga over this book. I had to read it to him five times in a row and now every time I go over to visit him, he comes running at me with Interrupting Chicken.

    I really liked that this book teaches kids about interrupting because I think that is one of the rudest things you can do. Children need to learn manners and using a colorful, interesting story is a great way to get the message across.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    I think the illustrations are outstanding and the story is very

    I think the illustrations are outstanding and the story is very entertaining.

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

    I like this book because the illustration of each story contrast

    I like this book because the illustration of each story contrast the chicken when it comes in plus the chicken has a beard.
    I like this book because every time the dad chicken tried to read a book to the kid chicken the kid chicken would interrupt.Then at the end
    the chicken read to the papa and got interrupted by his snoring.
    I like this book because the chicken interrupted his papa then at the end his papa interrupted chicken by snoring.

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  • Posted November 6, 2014

    I like the illustrations because it made it look like the chicke

    I like the illustrations because it made it look like the chicken was in the story's the papa read   I like the story's books what the papa read like the little red riding hood how the little chicken interrupted the story the chicken was very funny and he always interrupted  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    I think that this book is GRRREAT.

    I think that this book is GRRREAT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2012

    Very cute books! 3 year old and 6 year old love it.

    Very cute books! 3 year old and 6 year old love it.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Our Kindergarten class thinks that the Interrupting Chicken is a

    Our Kindergarten class thinks that the Interrupting Chicken is an awesome book! The illustrations are amazing and funny. This book even got a Caldecott Award! In this story, the Little Red Chicken interrupts three stories while his Papa tries to read them to him. We think it's so funny when the Little Red Chicken interrupts the story and puts himself as a character in the story, quickly adding "the end" before it is even finished. We also loved it when the Little Red Chicken, who feels badly about interrupting his Papa, decides to tell his own story to his Papa at the end. There is a funny surprise at the end of the book so you will have to read it to find out what happens! We think you will love this story and we think you should read it as soon as possible!

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