Synopses & Reviews
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 ‘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 Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
"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)
"Oh, yes, you will read this book. Youand#8217;ll be reeled in by the feisty, angular, frequently exciting digital illustrations, not to mention that confrontational title."and#8212;Booklist "Suggest[s] that sharing a book with a parent can be reassuring, and [the] cheerful use of imagination makes for an enjoyable read." and#8212;School Library Journal
* "A charmer of a chicken. . . Here's hoping that Peggy has many more big adventures."
and#8212;Kirkus, starred review
* "Walkerand#8217;s ink and photo collage illustrations are dreamlike in appearance. Admirers of Janet Morgan Stoekeand#8217;s and#8220;Minerva Louiseand#8221; books (Dutton) will relish the chance to meet another charming chicken."
and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
"The subtle color palaette remains constant, regardless of Peggy's surroundings, exuding a calm throughout that is emulated by the varied illustration formats, the text, and Peggy herself."
and#8212;Horn Book Magazine
"Walker creates a gorgeous, rain-washed cityscape, inhabited by anonymous figures in muted colors and photo-collaged images of passing buildings; the lone chicken, walking confidently within the crowd, receives only casual attention."
Praise for Thank You, Octopus
* “A terrific read-aloud; each repeat visit will ensure gleeful participation. A maritime—and bedtime—delight.” Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“This hilarious nautical comedy of errors will lure in unsuspecting listeners.” --Horn Book review
* andquot;The patience required to converse with a small person who wants to dictate every part of the interaction is sure to be familiar to parents, but the poetic text rises above the mundane and captures the beauty, energy, and innocence of these conversations and holds them up for readers to appreciate without becoming saccharine or trite.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
* andquot;Their simple back-and-forth dialogue speaks volumes about their strong father-daughter bond. As endearing and joyful as it is to read Waberand#39;s words aloud, it is Leeand#39;s illustrations that make this title truly special...Sublimely satisfying.andquot;
andmdash;Kirkus, starred review
andquot;This vicarious outing is an excellent model of one-on-one interaction that might inspire young listeners to form their own questions. An easy text for new readers, it could also help tuck in a toddler with a sweet good night.andquot;
andmdash;Horn Book Magazine
andquot;Leeand#39;s expressive artwork has a naive feel, well suited to Waberand#39;s childlike narration...the love this father and daughter share comes through loud and clear.andquot;
* andquot;The easygoing verbal exchange and affectionate visuals celebrate a close father-daughter relationship while recognizing beauty in everyday simplicity.andquot;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
* andquot;A sumptuously illustrated fable about the magic of storytelling and the power of imagination.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
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.
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.
A heart-warming and inviting picture book with a tenderly written story by Bernard Waber, and glorious illustrations by Suzy Lee, Ask Me
is the ultimate celebration of a childand#8217;s curiosity, and a father and daughterand#8217;s deep and abiding love for each other.
Ask me what I like?
What do you like?
A father and daughter walk through their neighborhood, brimming with questions as they explore their world. With so many things to enjoy, and so many ways to askandmdash;and talkandmdash;about them, itand#39;s a snapshot of an ordinaryand#160;day in a world thatand#39;s anything but. This story is a heartwarming and inviting picture book with a tenderly written story by Bernard Waber and glorious illustrations by Suzy Lee.
Swept away by gusty wind and deposited on an unfamiliar city street, Peggy the hen goes for a walk, taking in the sights, and manages to make her way back home with new friends and a new routine that includes trips to the city. An engaging and funny picture book on the important theme of independence.
Peggy the hen is contented with her quiet existence and daily routine. When a powerful gust of wind sweeps her up and deposits her in the midst of a busy city, she explores her new surroundings, makes new friends, and cleverly figures out how to get homeand#8212;with a newly kindled appetite for adventure. Evocative full-color paintings follow Peggyand#8217;s journey, offering comical details that reward repeated viewing. This reassuring tale and its unruffled heroine invites discussions of exploration, safety, and resourcefulness
Get ready with Daisy the dawdler as she tries (really!) to get it together in this very real, very funny spin on dilly dallying.
Daisy Marsha Martin is always late. For good reasons, of course. Shes busy saving the world, or teaching her stuffed animals to dance, or finding the perfect shirt to wear. But if Daisy is late one more time, then its no more mermaid swim class for her!
This is the perfect story for fans of everyday silliness and for every kid who has been told to stop dawdling.
Two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski debuts as an author in this tender picture book about the magic of reading.
Step inside the pages of a little girland#39;s magical book as she discovers the profound and inspiring notion that we each bring something different to the same story. Two-time Caldecott Honor artist Pamela Zagarenski debuts as an author in this tender picture book about the joy of reading.
Fans of Mo Willems will love this funny bedtime story!
Ahoy! It's bedtime, and Octopus is here to help his buddy get ready. First up is a bath (Thank you, Octopus) . . . in egg salad (No, thank you, Octopus)! Then its time to brush teeth
with paint brushes! And don't worry, Octopus made sure there were no monsters under the bed
because theyre all in the closet! No, thank you, Octopus! Each page turn brings new wordplay and laughs in this hip, nautical-themed take on bedtime and friendship . . . ending with a great big surprise for Octopus and sweet dreams for two best friends.
About the Author
Bernard Waber was the beloved author of more than thirty books for young readers, including Courage, Ira Sleep Over, and The Mouse That Snored. With the publication of The House on East 88th Street in 1963, his Lyle the Crocodile became a mainstay of childrenand#8217;s literature, and the adventures of this endearing reptile were featured in numerous books. Because of their honesty, their bravery, and their tremendous heart, his stories and illustrations have been beloved by generations of children