I’m very happy to be the concluding blog on the Interrupting Chicken blog tour!
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Stein’s new picture book will earn him even more fans in the picture book world. It is time for little red chicken to go to bed. Her father agrees to read her a story, but tells her not to interrupt. She promises not to. So he begins Hansel and Gretel but just as they are about to enter the witch’s house, little red chicken interrupts and changes the story. Her father tries again with Little Red Riding Hood with exactly the same result. Finally, after little red chicken pleads for another chance, he tries Chicken Little. She interrupts again and is still wide awake. So her sleepy father climbs into bed himself and has her read him a story. I wonder if interrupting runs in the family?
This book is a charmer and will have children laughing gleefully along as little red chicken continues to interrupt at just the right (or wrong) time. Stein’s short introductions to the familiar fairy tales nicely set up each story and lead to a climactic point. Then little red chicken’s interruptions add a great tone and speed to the text, filled with enthusiasm about the stories themselves. My favorite part is that she is so drawn into the stories that she feels she must help the characters. This book really is about the power of reading with a child.
Stein’s illustrations are done in a great palette of colors with reds, teals, blues and greens that are vibrant and exciting. The depth of color on the page is fantastic with few of the pages offering white space at all. This gives it a very warm, cozy feel.
A perfect read aloud, this book will be loved by anyone who hears it. The comedic timing is built into the story and it is a pleasure to share it aloud. Add this one to your pile of funny chicken books and your bedtime stories. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Candlewick.
Visit the other blogs that are part of the tour:
Aug. 9 – Picture Book Review, http://picturebookreview.com/
Aug. 10 – Katie’s Literature Lounge, http://katiesliteraturelounge.blogspot.com/
Aug. 11 – Readaholic, http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/
Aug. 12 – Two Writing Teachers, http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com
Aug. 13 – Not Just for Kids, http://notjustforkids.blogspot.com/
Aug. 14 – Milk and Cookies, Comfort Reading . . ., http://janasbooklist.blogspot.com/
Aug. 15 – Bookworm’s Dinner, http://bookwormsdinner.blogspot.com/
Aug. 16 – Where the Best Books Are, http://wherethebestbooksare.blogspot.com/