Interrupting Chicken

Interrupting Chicken

by David Ezra Stein

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“The delivery is Catskill perfect; readers will fall hard for the antics of this hapless pair.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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. 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? The charming 2011 Caldecott Honor Book is available in paperback for the first time.

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ISBN-13: 9781536206722
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Pages: 34
Sales rank: 17,114
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 2 - 5 Years

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Interrupting Chicken 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Papa chicken pulled the jammie top over little red chicken's head and picked her up to take him to her bed. The dark sky could be seen between the cracks of the curtains as a breeze ruffled them. Little chicken's bed was ready and waiting and her teddy was already tucked in, but there was something amiss. Little chicken announced to her Papa that there was something missing and when asked what it was she boldly announced, "A bedtime story!" There were lots of books piled up near the bed, and Papa agreed and firmly announced, "I'll read one of your favorites. And of course you are not going to `interrupt' the story tonight are you?" Oh, no ... little red chicken was really going to be a good girl! Papa began to read the story of "Hansel and Gretel" and just when the old woman invited them in, the little red chicken began to shout her warning to the children and said, "So Hansel and Gretel didn't. THE END." It may have been true, but Papa was not very happy with little red chicken and scolded her. Oh, yes, she was going to be a very good girl. Maybe. Papa began to read about "Little Red Riding Hood." "Out jumped a little red chicken, and she said, `DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS!'" Papa was not very happy with two interruptions and scolded little red chicken again. Was Papa ever going to get through a book without interruption? Was little red chicken going to be a good girl and listen? This marvelously zany story of the little red chicken that interrupted her Papa's stories will tickle your funny bone. Of course this story does have a light realistic cast to it as many little ones, as we all know, sometimes enjoy interrupting a story to shout out the ending. The little red chicken has the "I know, I know" syndrome and loves to tell her Papa the end of the story. This story has a delightfully humorous twist at the end that would make even the most diehard curmudgeon smile. The artwork has a lovely nostalgic aura when Papa is reading from a fairy tale and a scintillatingly silly cast to it when we see him reading to his little chicken. Quill says: Interrupting Chicken is a Caldecott Honor Book, a definite tale for those who enjoy a little humor in their bedtime stories!
bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
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.
aconant05 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Papa is trying to read Little Red Chicken a bedtime story. However Little Red Chicken keeps jumping in the middle of the story and changing the plot. She stops Hansel and Gretel from going in the witch¿s house, she tells Little Red Riding Hood about the Big Bad Wolf, and she informs Little Chicken that it was just an acorn that fell on his head- to avoid all the drama. Eventually Papa gives up and Little Red Chicken makes up a story for him, which he interrupts with his snoring.I thought the story line for this book was so much fun. I especially loved how the little red chicken would actually enter the fairytale books and become a part of them. Funny and creative concept.
copad2thing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story is a bout little red chicken that interrupts the bedtime story that papa reads to him. The book is very colorful.
cmesa1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book, the fact that chicken keeps on interrupting the dad and ending the story preventing the character and changing the whole story in one sentence. The strength of this book is the story it keeps the reader attention and the ending is unexpected. Were the baby is the one that puts the dad to sleep.
kdirks1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had amazing illustrations. Each color and stroke from the brush carries a unique energy. Also the story is so much fun to read, being effortless to read with animated enthusiasm, especially every time Little Chicken jumps into the story to interrupt.
coachncheern on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this humorous story, a chicken interrupts her father each time he begins a bedtime story. This is a funny and endearing book.
KatherineLo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s bedtime at Chicken¿s house; Papa is going to read little Chicken a bedtime story. His only request is that he isn't interrupted him while he is reading it, but of course Chicken can¿t do that. When looking at the illustrations I feel a sense of calm, with the color choices subdued to give that sleepy effect. As Papa is reading the various stories to Chicken the illustrator puts different objects around the book as if Chicken was pretending to be in the story before Papa read it to him. In the classroom: introduction to picture book, storytelling
cushlareads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book is interupting cikn. it is funny becose the litel chikin is interuping every story. then they runout of storys becuse the cikin intrupts. then the cikin reads his papa a story. then papa interups by faling asleep. I like this book becuse it is relee funny. (Fletcher, 7 years old, 7 Sept 2011)
JohannaJ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the title you don't really expect this book to be as sweet as it is. It's about a baby chicken who is always interrupting his father's bedtime stories because he doesn't want anything bad to happen to the characters in them. The illistrations are very clever.
amandacb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's time for bed for Little Chicken, and Papa warns her not to interrupt the story this time. However, she just can't help herself, and ends up interrupting all of the stories in an amusing fashion! Papa reads her three classic fairy tales, and Chicken interrupts each one with a "common sense" ending that made me giggle out loud. At the end, Papa tells Chicken to read her own story out loud, and we see that Chicken is also a little artist. Such a cute story! Stein's illustrations are also fun, done in warm colors and suggesting coziness. I did a little bit of research and found out that Stein used "watercolor, water-soluble crayon, china marker, pen, opaque white ink, and tea" to create these remarkable illustrations (Junior Library Guild, 2010).
Pangle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Little Red Chicken loves it when her Papa reads her a bedtime story. The only problem is, she can't help but jump in and try to help the characters in trouble! She must warn Hansel and Gretel and Red Riding Hood about the dangers ahead. She has to let Chicken Little know that it's not the sky that's falling, only an acorn. All of the interruptions lead the Rooster father to convince his young chicken to write her own bedtime story. When little chicken reads her story about a chicken putting her Papa to bed, it is she that is her Papa's snores.
delzey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bedtime, and little Chicken just can't seem to fall asleep...Indeed, just as Papa begins a bedtime fairy tale Chicken jumps up and interrupts. She warns Hansel and Gretel away from the witch, Red away from the Wolf, and tell Chicken Little that the sky is really just an acorn. Finally Papa gets the idea to have Chicken read him a bedtime story and before she can even get into her own made-up tale Papa is asleep. Chicken's desire to not only tell the story but prevent the dangers inherit in the stories rings true as children learn not only to recognize stories but that the power of storytelling rests with the teller. Chicken isn't attempting to co-opt storytime, she simply cannot help herself. The only problem is that it doesn't calm her down for bedtime but instead makes her more agitated. I suspect this story will ring true with a large number of adults and their bed time wards. Although it has all the basic elements -- familiar setting, twist on expectations, rule of threes -- I felt like it missed a step somewhere, some hitch in the rhythm. Like ho when you read a book and you go from mid sentence on the bottom of one page and pick up mid sentence on the next and it takes a few more sentences before you realize you've skipped a page. That I can't isolate what is missing doesn't make the book flawed more than it gnaws at me. In fiction when this happens it's usually a question of character, or a lack of well-developed main characters, but with picture books this is replaced with emotion. I get that Chicken is impatient and has her reasons for wanting to interrupt, but maybe its because I don't know why she does this? Like I said, there's nothing in Chicken's (or any child's) behavior in interrupting familiar stories that is out of step, so I can't put my finger on it any better than a question some vague emptiness. Does the story feel to short? Too quickly resolved? I guess after Leaves and Pouch, with their fully-rounded sense of story, I've come to expect walking away from Stein's books feeling more satisfied. Maybe sated is a better word, because there isn't anything necessarily unsatisfying about Interrupting Chicken. Well, except for that thing I can't quite put my finger on.
pjw1173 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is wildly illustrated and the story is too simple for my taste. The book is too 'loud' for me and I didn't enjoy reading it. I can see first and second graders liking the playful illustrations and story though.
cassinolan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because i related to the young chicken. I am always one to ruin the story or jump to conclusions in general. A good bedtime story about a young chicken who interrupts his father by giving the punchlines for stories, but insists that he reads them anyway.
CrystalRushton on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interrupting Chicken is an adorably whimsical tale about Little Red Chicken and her father. The author, David Ezra Stein, creates beautiful, bold, rich illustrations that go hand-in-hand with this sweet story. Little Red Chicken loves to be read to before bedtime, but there is one problem! She never lets Papa finish a story without jumping in and warning the characters of the action that lies ahead. Papa reads Chicken classic fairytale after fairytale¿like Hansel & Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood¿but, as she continues to interrupt Papa, he has to begin another book, and he starts to fall asleep. This story is great for early elementary students and is a cute way of teaching about why one should not interrupt others. The concept of ¿jumping¿ into stories is also intriguing, perhaps lending itself to help students imagine ¿jumping¿ into a story themselves. In addition, the familiar fairytale tie-ins make this book even more engaging for young readers.
Merdeen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As all kids do. Little chicken just can't seem to help his interrupting habits. Very cute. GBA Nominee 2011-12
madamepince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun read aloud. Lower elementary kids get the joke and the point.
mtofell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think that this is a fun book with great illustrations. My favorite illustrations are at the end of the book where the daughter drew her own story. My first graders would enjoy this! The story is very simple and would have to be read with great expression in order for them to understand and get the humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the illustrations are outstanding and the story is very entertaining.
taylorEZ More than 1 year ago
I like this book because the illustration of each story contrast the chicken when it comes in plus the chicken has a beard. I like this book because every time the dad chicken tried to read a book to the kid chicken the kid chicken would interrupt.Then at the end the chicken read to the papa and got interrupted by his snoring. I like this book because the chicken interrupted his papa then at the end his papa interrupted chicken by snoring.
ericaTK More than 1 year ago
I like the illustrations because it made it look like the chicken was in the story's the papa read   I like the story's books what the papa read like the little red riding hood how the little chicken interrupted the story the chicken was very funny and he always interrupted  
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