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Interrupting Chickenby David Stein
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Awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor!
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.
"Stein's earlier books did not foretell an ability to pull off broad comedy, but this father-and-daughter bedtime banter is all the better for being a surprise. A little red chicken, lying in bed in her pajamas, can't help slamming on the brakes when Papa's read-aloud stories get too tense: 'Out jumped a little red chicken,' she cuts in as Papa reads Hansel and Gretel, 'and she said, Ã¢Â€Â˜DON'T GO IN! SHE'S A WITCH!' So Hansel and Gretel didn't. THE END!' Stein's spreads are thickly and energetically worked, the colors intense, and the lighting and shadows dramatic. For Papa's bedtime stories, Stein (Leaves) shifts styles, inking each scene in spindly ink; when the chicken interrupts, she bursts onto the sepia pages in full color. And when, after cutting short three of Papa's stories, she starts in on a tale of her own, Stein switches again to preschooler crayon, as her sleepy father interrupts in his own way. The delivery is Catskill perfect; readers will fall hard for the antics of this hapless pair. Ages 4 — 8. (Aug.) G unner, Football Hero James E. Ransome Holiday House, .95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2053-7 In the first half of this tale of an aspiring Pee Wee football star, Ransome (What Lincoln Said) has never been funnier or looser. From the very first page, in which the pear-shaped, beak-nosed Gunner strikes the famous Heisman pose and almost pulls it off through sheer force of personality, it's clear this is an unlikely hero worth knowing. But for all of Gunner's charisma, the third-string quarterback can't compensate for the story's saggy second half. Ransome's play by play of the big game, when Gunner finally gets a chance to play, feels almost clinical ('The running backs ran. Gunner passed, the receivers caught, and the offensive slowly moved down the field'). Although there are some stirring images of pigskin glory, especially a game-changing interception, there are also some striking disconnects between text and art. 'Everyone on the Malden Tigers side of the field CHEERED!' shouts the narrator when Gunner throws a touchdown-scoring pass; meanwhile the crowd is shown sitting quietly, devoid of emotion. Readers will start out rooting for Gunner, but they may leave before the game is over. Ages 4 — 8. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
This is the story of how the ultimate reluctant reader became a book lover. The little boy in I Will Not Read This Book has a lot of excuses, because if there is one thing he doesnand#8217;t want to do, itand#8217;s read this book. He wonand#8217;t read it even if you hang him upside down by one toe, over a cliff, with sharks down below. And you know what? You. Canand#8217;t. Make. Him. In this book illustrated with wit and whimsy by Joy Ang, Cece Meng delivers once again with a pitch-perfect reluctant reader who is finally convinced to read the book ifand#8212;and only ifand#8212;someone he loves will read it with him.
Wait. Before I read this book, I have to floss my teeth and wash behind my ears and feed my fish.
Wait. Before I read this book, I have to sip some water and scratch the tip of my nose and clean under my bed.and#160;
The little boy inand#160;I Will Not Read This Book! has aand#160;lotof excuses, because if there is one thing he doesn't want to do, it's read this book. And you know what? You. Can't. Make. Him.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; Cece Meng, author ofTough ChicksandThe Wonderful Thing about Hiccups,delivers once again with a pitch perfect reluctant reader who is finally convinced to read the book if--and only if--someone he loves will read it with him.and#160;Illustrated with wit and whimsy by Joy Ang.
About the Author
David Ezra Stein is an author-illustrator whose previous books include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.
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