Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? by Tedd Arnold, Harry Bliss, David Catrow, Marla Frazee, Jerry Pinkney, Chris Raschka, Judy Schachner, David Shannon, Mo Willems Jon Agee

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We all know the joke. We've all told it. Kids love to tell it over and over and over again, with as many different punch lines as possible. And now we've found out that famous award-winning artists love to tell the joke too—and they have some wacky and downright hilarious ideas about why that chicken really did cross the road.

Mo Willems's chicken confesses his motives to a police officer; David Shannon's chicken can drive a car; Marla Frazee's chicken is looking for a more luxurious coop; and Harry Bliss's chicken encounters aliens. And this is just the beginning. One thing is for sure—you won't cross this book without a good laugh!

 

About Tedd Arnold, Harry Bliss, David Catrow, Marla Frazee, Jerry Pinkney, Chris Raschka, Judy Schachner, David Shannon, Mo Willems Jon Agee

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Jon Agee is the author/illustrator of a dozen celebrated picture books, including The Retired Kid, Nothing, Milo's Hat Trick, and Terrific (all ALA Notables), along with seven popular books of wordplay, among them, Smart Feller, Fart Smeller. Said Booklist: "In the Olympics of verbal gymnastics, Agee takes the gold. Marla Frazee was born in Los Angeles, California on January 16, 1958. She received a bachelor of fine arts at Art Center College of Design in 1981. After graduating from college, she worked for various companies in advertising, educational publishing, toys, games, and magazines. In 1990, she illustrated her first book, World Famous Muriel and the Magic Mystery, written by Sue Alexander. She has also illustrated The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman, Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, Harriet, You'll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox, the Clementine chapter book series by Sara Pennypacker, and Stars by Mary Lyn Ray. In 2003, she wrote and illustrated Roller Coaster. Her other works include The Boss Baby, Walk On!, and Santa Claus the World's Number One Toy Expert. She received a 2009 Caldecott Honor for A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever and a 2010 Caldecott Honor for All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon.
 
Published May 30, 2006 by Dial Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Chris Raschka closes with a sphinx looking up at the viewer, murmuring, “You tell me,” and all of the contributors’ chickens march across a final spread with jokey answers to another query: “Why did the artist cross the road?” Evidently offered not to support a charity but just for fun (plus a li...

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Lynn Munsinger's straightforward reply ("Because the light said 'walk' ") headlines a commanding scene of city chickens shopping, rollerblading, flapping to work and cackling on cell phones.

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