Synopses & Reviews
and#160;Erica S. Perl and Henry Cole team up once again to deliver spot-on humor with their unforgettable chicken character.and#160;
In this cheeky (sorry!) sequel to the wildly fun Chicken Butt!, the young jokester and his chicken muse are back, but this time they're trying to trick Mom. She thinks she has caught on to the gag, but as she distractedly does the grocery shopping, she falls victim to a flurry of jokes using homonyms and homophonesand#8212;words such as "dear" and "deer," and "which" and "witch." Wordplay has never been so much fun.and#160;
Like Chicken Butt!, this story encourages children to participate in a call-and-response reading format that reinforces their reading skills.
Praise for Chicken Butt's Back!
"Colesand#8217; tickled-pink cartoonish artwork gets right into the mix, the chocolate chip to the cookie dough. The denouement is so merrily explosive that just to imagine the shrieking voices of a read-aloud is mightily cheering.and#8221; and#8211;Kirkus Reviewsand#160;
and#8220;Cole's kinetic, acrylic and colored pencil cartoons strike the right tone of mild disobedience.and#8221;and#160;
and#8220;Fans of Chicken Butt! are going to love this sequel. This is the kind of book that siblings will beg to read to each other, especially since itand#8217;s set up for two voices.and#8221; and#8211;School Library Journal
"Fantasy and natural history blend comfortably in illustrator Cole's (Jack's Garden) first novel, as a Louisiana plantation where wildlife artist John James Audubon and his young assistant, Joseph, stayed for several months in 1821 provides the setting for this story of a gentle, brave mouse's search for a home. Persecuted by bad-tempered rats and on the run from a predatory house cat, Celeste is rescued by Joseph, who nurtures and confides in her, carrying her in his pocket while he and Audubon seek birds and plants to illustrate. The volume and cinematic quality of Cole's naturalistic pencil drawings recall The Invention of Hugo Cabret; they pull readers into Celeste's world, capturing her vulnerability, courage, and resourcefulness (an expert basket weaver, she constructs her own means of rescue when lost). Away from humans, Celeste converses freely with other animals; in Joseph's presence, however, Celeste bears witness to the cruel (by contemporary standards) methods Audubon used to create his drawings, one of a few moments that might trouble more sensitive readers. Evocative illustrations, compelling characters, and thoughtful reflections on the nature of home combine to powerful effect. Ages 8 – 12." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"What sets the book apart are the charming pencil illustrations that appear throughout, sometimes filling whole pages — a story about making art, full of art." School Library Journal
"A rare gift: a novel with artwork as whole and vital as a picture book's." Kirkus Reviews
A beautifully illustrated novel about a mouse, her friendship with Audubon's apprentice, and her search for home.
Beneath the crackled and faded painting of a horse, underneath the worn and dusty floorboards of the dining room, lives Celeste, a mouse who spends her days weaving baskets, until one day she is thrust into the world above. Here Celeste encounters danger— and love — unlike any she's ever imagined. She dodges a hungry cat and witnesses the brutality of hunting for the first time. She makes friends with a singing thrush named Cornelius, a talkative osprey named Lafayette, and Joseph, Audubon's young apprentice. All the while, Celeste is looking for a new home. Is her home in the toe of a worn boot? Nestled in Joseph's pocket? Or in the dollhouse in the attic, complete with mouse-size furniture perfect for Celeste? In the end, Celeste discovers that home is really the place deep inside her heart, where friendships live.
Celeste is a mouse who spends her days weaving baskets, until one day when she is thrust into the world above. Here Celeste encounters danger &mdash and affection — unlike anything she's ever imagined.
About the Author
Henry Cole is the illustrator of many beloved books for children, including his own Jacks Garden and On Meadowview Street. While growing up in Virginia, he enjoyed spending time outdoors, hiking in the woods, and pretending he was Audubon. Sometimes he pretended he was an osprey. He still loves being outside, especially in his garden in Florida, where he likes to sketch and write.