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Why the Chicken Crossed the Road
     

Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

by David Macaulay
 

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A rollicking investigation of cause and effect by the Caldecott medalist. "This, undoubtedly, will delight kids with its eloquent plot. [Macaulay's] art . . . is this time flushed with color and zaniness, demonstrating a vaudevillian's canny timing with a sensational round of rapid-fire action." -- Publishers Weekly

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A rollicking investigation of cause and effect by the Caldecott medalist. "This, undoubtedly, will delight kids with its eloquent plot. [Macaulay's] art . . . is this time flushed with color and zaniness, demonstrating a vaudevillian's canny timing with a sensational round of rapid-fire action." -- Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The two-time Caldecott Honor winner is too wise to try to answer that question but ventures to demonstrate the circularity and the humor of the ensuing anomaly. When the chicken crosses the road it triggers a domino effect of events that involve, among others, some cows, an ancient bridge, a passing train, dining-car passengers, an outlaw, a golden watch, melted ice . . . and readers end up at the beginning again; the chicken, first a prime mover, is now merely a consequence. Macaulay's story shows a justified and true belief in the fun, innocence and irony inherent in the turning of the wheel. This, undoubtedly will delight children and confuse adults. His art, for those familiar with Macaulay's highly realistic black-and-white drawings, is this time flushed with color and zaniness, demonstrating a vaudevillian's canny timing with a sensational round of rapid-fire action. All ages. (September)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5 A radical departure from Macaulay's earlier work, this picture book for older readers looks like a Monty Python sketch for children. The cause-and-effect story begins when a chicken crosses a road. A string of impossibly zany events follows, including a cow stampede, a train wreck, the explosion of a bathroom due to a chemistry set experiment, an archaeological coup, and more. Full-color cartoon-style paintings in bold acrylics fill the pages with a chaotic energy which dominates the book. The wild cast of characters and absurd sequence of events, together with the art, give this a manic quality reminiscent of Ungerer's work. This book will be enjoyed by upper elementary school children, who will be able to understand the complicated plot and appreciate the sophisticated humor. Corinne Camarata, Port Washington Public Library, N.Y.
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"This, undoubtedly, will delight kids with its eloquent plot. [Macaulay's] art . . . is this time flushed with color and zaniness, demonstrating a vaudevillian's canny timing with a sensational round of rapid-fire action." Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547346533
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/29/1991
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
File size:
31 MB
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Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author


David Macaulay is an award-winning author and illustrator whose books have sold millions of copies in the United States alone, and his work has been translated into a dozen languages. Macaulay has garnered numerous awards including the Caldecott Medal and Honor Awards, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, the Christopher Award, an American Institute of Architects Medal, and the Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award. In 2006, he was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, given “to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Superb design, magnificent illustrations, and clearly presented information distinguish all of his books. David Macaulay lives with his family in Vermont.

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