Thursday, March 3, 2011

Interrupting Chicken by Devin Ezra Stein

Book Jacket

It's bedtime for the little red chicken, and Papa is going to read her a story.

"You're not going to interrupt the story tonight, are you?" asks Papa.

"Oh no, Papa.  I'll be good," says the little red chicken.

But she just can't help herself!  Whether it's Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, or Chicken Little, as soon as the story gets going...out jumps the little red chicken--right into the story--saving the characters from danger and ending the story early.

Will that chicken ever get to sleep?


If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to jump into media (TV, movies, books) and participate.  The little red chicken certainly uses this power for good!  She cracked me up with her abrupt story endings.  "Out jumped a little red chicken, and she said, 'Don't panic!  It was just an acorn.'  So Chicken Little didn't.  THE END!"  So much less drama than the original version.

I also really liked that this story is about a little girl and her dad, even if they are chickens.  There are too few father/daughter stories, and this one is an excellent start to righting that balance.

Four out of five reinvented fairy tales.

Release Date:  August 2010
Reading Level:  All Ages
Where In Dunlap Public Library's Collection:  MONARCH

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