Synopses & Reviews
Some bears will go to any length to get some honey. This one recruits every animal that comes along to form, well, a stack. The result? Tail of the duck to the gluteus maximus of the duck-billed platypus (with many other rears in between). Readers will giggle with delight at the bird's eye view of some hysterical animal bottoms. Follow this back-sided journey up the tree - where the real surprise awaits. The pairing of Black's minimal text with Hawkes's visual story line will keep you chuckling from the bottom up.
"A bear's inspired idea to create a tower of animals in order to reach some honey is all the premise that Hawkes (Library Lion) and debut author Black need to launch an encyclopedia of animal posteriors. As the tower grows, readers learn that, in Hawkes and Black's alternative universe, a duck's rear end may be a tail, but a moose has a caboose, a turkey has a tushy, and a toucan a can. Hawkes's cast runs the gamut of goofy expressions; this smorgasbord of demeanors, coupled with the sheer improbability of the tower (the rhinoceros and giraffe are stacked upside-down on top of a very spindly flamingo), make this a surefire crowd-pleaser. The tower is finally undone by the stinger on a bumblebee, but not before readers' vocabularies have been boosted by 16 ways to refer to buttocks. And if that's not an example of literature enriching our lives, what is? Ages 3 7." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Actor/comedian Black produces a winner with his first children's book....Pictures tell the story, with minimal text adding humor with rhyme, alliteration and clever wordplay. The visual humor is outstanding." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"Ultimately, this is a testament to Hawkes' ability to turn a scanty if amusing list into an actual book, but there's enough humor in the gluteal details and general slapstick to please a young audience. Bottoms up!" Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Filled with visual jokes and amusing details, Chicken Cheeks is a lot more than a list of words for kids to snicker at." School Library Journal
A fixture on VH1's I Love the... series, actor/comedian Michael Ian Black teams with New York Times-bestselling illustrator Kevin Hawkes for this hilarious homage to animal derrieres. Full color.
About the Author
Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who has created and starred in many television series, including andlt;iandgt;Michael and Michael Have Issuesandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Stellaandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;The State. andlt;/iandgt;He also starred in the NBC television show andlt;iandgt;Ed andlt;/iandgt;and on VH1andrsquo;s andlt;iandgt;I Love The... andlt;/iandgt;series. He wrote the screenplay for the film andlt;iandgt;Run, Fatboy, Run andlt;/iandgt;and wrote and directed the film andlt;iandgt;Wedding Daze. andlt;/iandgt;Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book andlt;iandgt;My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face) andlt;/iandgt;and the childrenandrsquo;s books andlt;iandgt;Chicken Cheeksandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; The Purple Kangarooandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Ideaandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Iandrsquo;m Boredandlt;/iandgt;,andlt;iandgt; Naked!andlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bopandlt;/iandgt;. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.andlt;Bandgt;Kevin Hawkesandlt;/Bandgt; is the illustrator of more than thirty-five acclaimed picture books and chapter books including andlt;i andgt;Library Lionandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;i andgt;Weslandiaandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;i andgt;Chicken Cheeksandlt;/iandgt;. His vibrant colors, unusual perspectives, and sense of humor are hallmarks of his work. He lives with his wife and children in Southern Maine.