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Interrupting Chicken Book Review

Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein, is a hilarious story to read with your children or students, especially if they love to interrupt others. Plus, it is a perfect place to begin a discussion about class rules, as well.

Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein, is an adorable story about a young chicken TRYING to patiently listen to the same old bedtime stories her papa reads to her each night without interrupting.

Being the impulsive little chicken that she is, this is extremely hard! Whether the bedtime story is a tale about HANSEL AND GRETEL or LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD or even CHICKEN LITTLE, she cannot help herself as she jumps in to save the hapless characters from their plot’s dangerous mishaps.

If Stein’s enchanting use of dialogue wasn’t enough, his drawings come alive to add that perfect touch to give the reader the feeling that they are also nestled in the little farmhouse, comfortably watching as Little Chicken teases her father with her interrupting antics.

Stein’s imaginative illustrations utilizes watercolors, water-soluble crayons, pens, and even tea to create the whimsical art displayed throughout the story. Furthermore, Interrupting Chicken, by David Ezra Stein, is the recipient of the 2011 Caldecott Honor Award. The Caldecott Medal is given each year for distinguished illustrations in a picture book and for excellence of pictorial presentation for children.

In the Studio: David Ezra Stein on Interrupting Chicken

Many young readers can easily relate to this charming little story. Sometimes it is so hard for them not to jump in and create new twists or better endings, especially if they have heard or read the story many times before. Interrupting Chicken would make that perfect springboard for children to leap into the writing process. After the reading of this story, it would be so easy to ask your little readers if they would change anything about one of their favorite bedtime stories as well.

Interrupting Chicken is a perfect demonstration of “real life” dialogue, awesome whimsical drawings, and to enhance the love of storytelling in young children.

Genre: Humorous Fiction

Best Attribute: Dialogue

Accelerated Reader Level 2.2

Elementary Librarian and Author of Book Review