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Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Published by Candlewick Press

Pages: 40

Ages: 4-8

Publishers Summary:

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. A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.

The Turkeybird and Littlebug Can’t Stop Speaking Up:
Turkeybird: “I get to go first.”
Littlebug: “No me!”
Turkeybird: “Okay fine, but can I just say this book is so cool!”
Littlebug: “Hey! I thought I was going first?”
Turkeybird: “Oh, sorry…okay, go!”
Littlebug: “I love little red chicken! She’s so…”
Turkeybird: “Please don’t say she’s cute. I can’t take anymore cuteness.”
Littlebug: “I wasn’t going to say cute, really. She’s so…”
Turkeybird: “I know, you were going to say she’s fun. Please don’t say that. I know it’s a fun book, but just don’t say that.”
Littlebug: “No, if you’d let me finish I was going to say…that little red chicken is so SMART!”
Turkeybird: “Oh, okay. I can go with that. She is! She loves books!”
Littlebug: “That was exactly what I was thinking. She loves books and she likes to read. Plus this is a really fun book. Oh sorry, I said fun.”
Turkeybird: “That’s okay, I guess. Really though, this is such a great book. Both my sister and I love reading it with my mom. She always gets so excited just when the little red chicken is about to jump on her Papa about the story and it’s so so funny. We laugh and laugh. I could read this book over and over, but maybe not right before bed unless I’m planning to read it to my mom instead of her reading it to us.”

Mom’s Two Cents: Now, let’s see if I can type this review without being interrupted by either the Turkeybird or Littlebug. What are the chances?

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein is all about this wonderful little chicken who can’t help be excited over some of her favorite bedtime stories. Just as her Papa is getting into the telling of a story little red chicken can’t seem to help interrupting with her very own happy version of the story ending. From Hansel and Gretel to Little Red Riding Hood the little red chicken can’t help but stop all the bad things from happening to some of her favorite characters. In an act of desperation her Papa decides it’s his own bedtime and indulges his sweet little red chicken by allowing her to read him a bedtime story.

This has been one of the most fantastic stories we’ve read recently. Outside of our household favorite, Mo Willems, this is one of the only books to get both of the kiddos jumping off the couch and shouting the words to the story. It’s wonderful! I love it when both the Turkeybird and Littlebug get animated and excited over reading, especially in this instance. The story about how little red chicken gets so excited about her favorite books by changing the endings and this is something little kiddos can relate to. It’s something you want them to relate to; loving books. Not only that, but it helps with their own personal creativity and imagination by showing that there are different outcomes popping up everywhere, you just have to think of them.

Without a doubt, if you need a book for the holidays as a gift or just to add to your library Interrupting Chicken is the one to pick up! As a new to our home author, David Ezra Stein has left a lasting impression and we will absolutely be picking up more of his books in the very near future. A perfect bedtime (or daytime) book for little ones, Interrupting Chicken will have you and your kiddos giggling and enjoying every last page. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to share the love of books and open a new window of creativity in the life of a child near you!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 to 10. All ages of readers will fall in love with little red chicken and her love of her cherished bedtime stories. Instill in little ones a love of books and broaden their imaginations with this delightful new book!

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5 Responses to Book Review: Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

  1. Rebecca Reid says:

    My son and I really enjoy this book too! So much fun.

  2. Raquel says:

    I’m so glad that Interrupting Chicken made such an impression on your family! Great review.

  3. Jen says:

    Hi! We loved this book, too! It was fun to tag team read it with my husband. It was much easier to do the part of interrupting chicken that way! This would be great as reader’s theater. I like the link for the Story Hour, that’s awesome. AND, from a parent’s perspective the story is just classic when the dad falls asleep at the end! That might have happened to me once or twice…

  4. Gina says:

    Oh, oh! I saw this book in store and simply had to pause to take a look at it. Sounds like it was as cute as my first glance assumed. Will have to check it out fully one day…thanks for sharing! ^_^

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