The Plot Chickensby Mary Jane Auch, Herm Auch
Henrietta loves to read. When she clucks buk, buk, buk at the library, the librarian knows exactly what to recommend. Then Henrietta decides to write a book. With the help of her three aunties, she hatches a plot. But when Henrietta publishes her story, the critics say she's laid an egg! Is this the end of Henrietta's career as an author?
Henrietta the chicken, star of Souperchicken (Holiday House, 2003), is an avid library user and decides that because reading is so much fun, "writing books must be eggshilarating." She finds a manual of writing rules and creates her own story-with the unsolicited help of the other fowl. When it is rejected by a publisher, Henrietta decides to self-publish. She takes a copy to her librarian, who tells her to send it to The Corn Book Magazine for review. Henrietta gets another rejection: "odoriferous." Then she wanders into the library at storytime and sees that her book was chosen best of the year by the children. Henrietta is asked to read it aloud. "She read with dramatic expression. Of course, all the children heard was BUK, BUK, BUK...." The illustrations, a combination of oil paints and digital technology, are bold and colorful. The pictures are busy, with Henrietta at her typewriter while her friends cavort around her. There are imagined scenes in cloud shapes, word balloons, and jokes aplenty. A droll chicken with a repeating line adds to the humor. This offering works on two levels. It's a funny picture book that could be used as a manual on writing.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
Meet the Author
Mary Jane Auch and her husband Herm Auch are a husband and wife team of illustrators whose first picture book collaboration was The Princess and the Pizza. Mary Jane Auch is also known for her historical and humorous fiction for children and her hilarious poultry parody picture books. The Auchs live on a small farm near Rochester, New York. Visit www.mjauch.com to learn more.
Mary Jane Auch is well known for her hilarious picture books, especially the five starring some pretty punny poultry: "Bantam of the Opera", "The Easter Egg Farm", "Eggs Mark the Spot", "Hen Lake", and "Peeping Beauty". A wisequacker herself, she lives on a farm in upstate New YOrk with her husband.
Mary Jane Auch and her husband Herm Auch are a husband and wife team of illustrators whose first picture book collaboration was The Princess and the Pizza. Mary Jane Auch is also known for her historical and humorous fiction for children and her hilarious poultry parody picture books. The Auchs live on a small farm near Rochester, New York.
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A fantastic book to read aloud to children. It's a good way to inspire story writing process for young writers.
Funny book with great illustration
I often get to read to the sons of some close friends. The boys are 8 and 4 years old. We read "The Plot Chickens" and they laughed sooo much. Maybe it was the funny voice I used for the pessimistic chicken - "The End! Good Story!" was her favorite saying - maybe that's what the boys liked but their mother and I enjoyed the book as much as they did. It's an easy read that younger children will enjoy. Older children who enjoy creating stories and are learning to write will also like the way the information about how to write a story is presented. FUN! with a side dish of EDUCATION IN DISGUISE! is how I would describe this book! I'm ordering a copy for my nieces for Christmas!