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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
Posted June 30, 2012
Posted December 1, 2009
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 25, 2011
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