Thursday, July 7, 2011

Interrupting Chicken

Interrupting Chicken
Notable Books for Children List

Stein, D. (2010). Interrupting chicken.  Sommerville, MA:  Candlewick Press.

This book is tremendously fun!  Apparently, the little red chicken can't help but interrupt bedtime stories every night.  Although she promises not to, Papa can't get through one story.  As Papa reads such well known stories as Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and others, the little red hen jumps right into the story to save the characters.  Every story gets interrupted and, therefore, shortened in this manner.  The little red hen isn't getting sleepy at all.  So, Papa decides to have the little red hen tell a story.  As the little red hen draws... and draws... and tells his story... Papa falls asleep.

The illustrations are great.  When we are in the little red hen's room, the illustrator uses a look of vivid pastels.  When we are in the many stories that Papa tries to read, the illustrations are inside a book and look more pencil drawn.  When the little red hen jumps in, he is drawn in vivid pastels.  This idea lends well to the story and will really help younger children decipher what is going on.

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