Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

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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 Grettel 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.

Awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor!

About David Ezra Stein

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David Ezra Stein is an author-illustrator whose previous books include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.
Published August 10, 2010 by Candlewick. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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Despite repeated vows to stop interrupting, a little red chicken can't resist jumping in to cut her Papa's bedtime tales short with plot giveaways—"DON'T GO IN!

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Common Sense Media

She literally jumps into each of the three stories -- Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Chicken Little -- and warns the characters of the evils to come.

Aug 01 2010 | Read Full Review of Interrupting Chicken

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed In this zany tale written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein for children ages four through eight, a little red chicken is ready for bed.

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Parents can use this book to remind their kids not to interrupt -- or just laugh with them at the little red chicken's bedtime antics.

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Children's Books Guide

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.

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