Recommended for Preschool to 1st grade
Caldecott Honor Book
If you don’t have Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein in your library, you should. This funny story is about a little interrupting chicken… (“Oooo, ooo! That’s me!”) ….and her plight to save all the fairy tale characters in her bedtime storybook from certain peril. Papa asks little red chicken not to interrupt, but its SOOOO hard when you know something bad is going to happen (makes a great book for predictions)!
They begin with "Hansel and Gretel," who reach the old woman’s house and then… “Out jumped a little red chicken, and she said, “DON’T GO IN! SHE’S A WITCH!” I think one of the more humorous parts is when Papa tells little red chicken to not get so involved in the story (I don’t see what’s wrong with talking back to a book or a TV show or a movie…I know they want my advice—hehe!).
The illustrations are a great touch to the story—they are done in rich water-soluble crayon and watercolor. Little chicken’s innocent look makes you realize she really is only trying to help her storybook friends. The illustrations for the inside of the storybook that Papa reads contrast the rest of the book with their ink and light watercolor, which makes for good transitioning.
Does little chicken ever get…(“Wait! You have to let them read the book to see my beautiful story I wrote for Papa!”)…. “Alright little chicken, I won’t tell them any more…just don’t interrupt the rest of this review.” This book makes for a great read aloud…and one might actually be appreciative of all the predictive interruptions.
Stein, D. E. (2010). Interrupting chicken. Somerville, MA.: Candlewick.