August 11, 2010

Review: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

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.

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.

August 10, 2010
40 pages
$16.99 US
Age 4-8

David Ezra Stein, author/illustrator of the upcoming picture book, Interrupting Chicken, puts a new spin on a favorite joke, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head. Stein is an author-illustrator whose previous books include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award.

STARRED Review for Interrupting Chicken from Publishers Weekly: “The delivery is Catskill perfect; readers will fall hard for the antics of this hapless pair.”

Get to know David Ezra Stein:

* * * Interrupting Chicken blog tour * * *

Aug. 9 – Picture Book Review,

Aug. 10 - Katie's Literature Lounge,

Aug. 11 – Readaholic,

Aug. 12 - Two Writing Teachers,

Aug. 13 - Not Just for Kids,

Aug. 14 - Milk and Cookies, Comfort Reading . . .,

Aug. 15 - Bookworm's Dinner,

Aug. 16 - Where the Best Books Are,

Aug. 17 – KidsLit review,

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are 100% mine.  If you purchase a book using my Amazon or Barnes and Noble link, I will receive a small portion of the purchase price.

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