Interrupting Chicken

We all know the feeling-that itchy antsy feeling you get when listening to a story and all you want to do was jump in and burst out in commentary, and we know how hard it can be to resist. It can be especially hard to control when you’re a child though-sometimes down right impossible. What goes along with this then is of course the frustration of the parent reading the story; they asked for you to read it so why can’t they just listen to it? In Interrupting Chicken author-illustrator David Ezra Stein captures these two distinctive, familiar feelings perfectly when Papa tries reading Little Chicken a bedtime story, but no matter what it’s about Little Chicken can’t seem to keep herself from jumping in and interrupting.

Who/What’s In Interrupting Chicken?

The two main characters in this book, Papa and Little Chicken, represent their real life counterparts in a delightfully accurate way. Papa’s frustration as Little Chicken keeps interrupting conveys well the frustration of a parent whose child interrupts all the time. It’s a very distinct frustration too-especially when story time is coupled with bedtime. On the other end of the spectrum there’s Little Chicken, who reminds that at some point we’ve all had the urge to break into a story-and probably did. Children will be able to relate well to Little Chicken, while adults can sympathize with Papa.

What Are The Pictures Like?

The illustrations are great-and hilarious. You’ll know what I mean when you see them for yourself. With a blend of water color and crayon, David Ezra Stein brings to life the feelings in the book by making the pictures very obtrusive, like drawing Little Chicken literally jumping into the story that’s being read to her. His style is fun and unique, with pre-school styled handwriting and drawings tossed into the mix that bring the pages even more to life.

Who Should Read It?

Recommended for children age’s four to eight, but it’s an all around enjoyable book.

Final Interrupting Chicken Review

I liked it. I thought the illustrations added quite a bit to it, both the style of them and the humor. The storyline itself was strong, and something that most all of us can relate to. The lesson in the story obviously is not to interrupt, but I am not sure if kids will actually take away that lesson from it. Is it worthy of a Caldecott Honor? In some ways yes and in some ways no, once again I think that it’s the illustrations that really bring it home, it doesn’t otherwise stand out as something entirely new or exciting, but of course that alone doesn’t make necessarily make up a good story, so give it a shot, it’s a fun read.


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