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4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  328 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Big Brown Rooster is sick of chicken feed. So along with his friends--Turtle, Iguana, and Potbellied Pig--he sets out to make the most magnificent strawberry shortcake in the whole wide world. But there’s one problem: none of his friends knows how to cook! The team bravely forges ahead, and with Rooster’s help, they learn how to measure flour (not with a ruler) and how to ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1994)
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Sarah Sammis
Feb 15, 2011 Sarah Sammis rated it it was amazing
When my son was a year and a half old my husband was teaching night school to help make ends meet. On nights when he was teaching I had to make dinner and keep my son out of trouble at the same time. The only way I could do both was to teach him how to cook.

The cooking lessons (scrambled eggs, biscuits and other simple things) were a hit. He and now his sister loves to cook. So Cook-a-doodle-doo! by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel was a perfect picture book for the three of us to share.

Nov 13, 2011 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sophie - when she is older
Shelves: picture-books
An amusing and informative book about the Little Red Hen's great-grandson. Rooster is tired of eating chicken feed every day. He remembers the story about his great-grandmother, goes looking for her cookbook (The Joy of Cooking Alone), and decides to make a strawberry shortcake. Unlike his great-grandmother, he is able to find some friends, Turtle, Iguana, and Pig, to help. As the three set about to make a strawberry shortcake, and a mess, the sidebars explain cooking procedures and terms. Howev ...more
May 07, 2012 Diana rated it it was amazing
I *LOVE* this book! Cook-a-Doodle-Doo updates the classic tale of the Little Red Hen, by telling us the story of her great-grandson, Big Brown Rooster, and how he and a few friends do some cooking of their own. Janet Stevens' art beautifully illustrates the story, rich with color and movement. The book also includes sidebars that define and explain different cooking terms, and at the end, you will find the recipe Big Brown Rooster and his friends used in the story. Best part of all? The story is ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Matthew rated it it was amazing
Kind of a sequel to the Little Red Hen, this story tells of Little Red Hen's great grandson as he decides to make strawberry shortcake when he grows bored with chicken feed. This time, however, when he asks for help in making the cake, he gets three volunteers with no cooking experience. A turtle, pig, and an iguana come to his aid and together they make the cake. Rooster's volunteers are no experts though. Turtle, the only one that does help without creating more work for Rooster, reads the rec ...more
Kelly Grimes
personal reaction- I think this is a great book to read aloud in the classroom. This book has a fun and creative story line that will keep students interested, a rooster cooking with his other animal friends in a kitchen. This book also uses realistic illustrations that keep children wanting to keep reading to see what other animals might be introduced. I really enjoyed that on the side of certain pages, it actually gives the instructions on how to prepare the treat, strawberry shortcake, that t ...more
Alyssa Scherr
Sep 30, 2014 Alyssa Scherr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 15-picture-books
The main character in the book, a rooster who is great grandson to Little Red Hen, is tired of eating the same chicken feed everyday. He gets the bright idea to grab Little Red Hen's cookbook and whip up a delicious recipe for strawberry shortcake. He finds four other friends on the farm to help him create the cake, but he soon realizes cooking is harder than he thought. After some confusion and a lot of team work the cake is complete but as the Iguana is taking the shortcake to the table he tri ...more
jenna nims
My daughter recently decided that she wants to take cooking classes but there arent any where we live. I am now trying to teach her a few things myself. This book really helped to explain a lot of things that I would not even thought of to tell her. It is simple yet has a lot of information following some animals that want to learn how to cook strawberry shortcake. We are now planning on making the recipe for it that is included in the back of the book. Nicely done.
Age: Preschool-2nd grade
Fairytale: Fractured Little Red Hen

Stevens presents one finely put together picture book detailing the process of baking strawberry shortcake with three overly-anxious (but sincere) friends. Rooster is sick of chicken feed (and his expression of exhaustion and disgust is perfect). But, wait a minute! Rooster remembers a story about his great-grandmother, the Little Red Hen and soon finds her cookbook titled "The Joy of Cooking Alone." Upon asking his friends, Dog, Cat, an
MollyKate Mclaughlin
Cook-a-doodle-do is a story about a rooster that is tired of eating chicken feed for every single meal. He gets a great idea to borrow his great-grandmother’s cookbook, and decides to make a strawberry shortcake. He gathers four other friends on the farm to help him create the recipe, but they all begin to realize that baking is a lot harder than they thought. After lots of teamwork, the cake is complete but Iguana accidentally trips with the finished masterpiece and drops it on the floor. Stayi ...more
Sep 09, 2008 Angela rated it it was amazing
Absolutely darling! What a fun way to introduce cooking concepts to children! It also teaches about teamwork and being patient with each other.
Chandler Havens
Oct 21, 2014 Chandler Havens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a chicken who is just so tired of eating the same thing over and over everyday. He decides to get a family members cookbook. He then gathers up his friends to bake a cake together. All the different friends (animal) contribute differently to bake the cake but then all the work together to successfully bake it. A theme could include the importance of teamwork and working together to get things done. A fun activity to do in the classroom if approved through the school is to make a strawbe ...more



5 out of 5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

The Rooster is tired of eating the same thing every single day, so he gets the idea to be like his grandmother, the Little Red Hen, and cook something. However, will no one help him cook it?

Okay, I’m going to call this a sequel to The Little Red Hen, even though it really isn’t because it only mentions it only a little bit.
Sep 30, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cook-A-Doodle-Doo! by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel is based on the story of The Little Red Hen. Rooster is tired of only eating chicken feed and remembers the stories his mother told of his grandmother, the Little Red Hen. He finds her cookbook and bakes a delicious strawberry shortcake with the help of his friends Turtle, Iguana, and Potbellied Pig. There is humor throughout the story as Turtle reads the instructions that Iguana always gets wrong and as Potbellied Pig wants to taste ...more
This is a neat picture book with a cute story about a rooster, who happens to be a distant relative of the Little Red Hen, who finds an old cookbook and tries to make strawberry shortcake. Obviously he gets no help from the dog, the cat or the goose. But he gets help from his other friends, and they have quite an experience. Beautiful illustrations, informational text along the sides of the page, and a recipe for strawberry shortcake at the end, combine to make a great book!
Jan 31, 2016 Susie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My students at school adored this book! I was able to get a lot of mileage out of some of the Amelia Bedelia-type jokes. Few students anymore seem to know Mother Goose stories, but one special need students could almost tell the entire Little Red Hen story and got more out of it than anyone else.
Codie Gates
Rooster, Little Red Hen's great-grandson, is tired of eating chicken feed every day. He finds L.R. Hen's cookbook, The Joy of Cooking Alone, and decides to make a strawberry shortcake. Unlike Little Red Hen's friends, Rooster has plenty of friends to help him. Pig, Iguana, and Turtle work with Rooster to make the cake. They learn along the way, and so can you with the sidebars that explain cooking procedures and terms. After a mishap, they friends have to make another cake, but it is easier than ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Selkie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute story of barnyard animals geting together to make a strawberry shortcake dessert.
The recipe is in the back of the book for a parent & child to make together after reading the story.
Mar 08, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This book was a great read aloud to talk about measurement, word play, puns, cooperation, inferring, retelling of old tales (sequel to Little Red Hen-ish style), AND includes a strawberry shortcake recipe at the end. Fun!
Ruth Ann
Sep 05, 2010 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When rooster realizes he is tired of chicken feed, he hunts up his grandmother's recipe book and decides to make strawberry shortcake. Unlike his grandmother, the little red hen, rooster finds three friends that are willing to help: turtle, iguana, and pot-bellied pig. Readers will be entertained by their teamwork, especially since iguana often gets the directions confused by interpreting them too literally and all pig really wants to do is eat! Sidebars contain additional information about baki ...more
Apr 08, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-2015
I fun story told from the perspective of the Little Red Hen's grandson. My kids had lots of fun with this one, and of course we had to make the strawberry shortcake when we were done.
Alma Loredo
Nov 22, 2010 Alma Loredo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rooster is tired of always having to eat chicken feed. He finds his great grandmothers recipe book and decided to bake. He gets some friend to work together and help cook. Turtle, Iguana and Pig are the friends that help. Iguana accidentally drops the cake on the floor and the others begin to blame him. Rooster explains that they are a team and they should work together and not blame anyone. As a team they bake a new cake.
This book is great to demonstrate teamwork within a classroom. Shows very
Jun 18, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Lovely hybrid text with a clear, funny narrative and helpful informational text in some margins. Makes me hungry for strawberry shortcake.
Oct 19, 2014 Mckinley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture, cooking, animal, bird
Teaches the reader how to cook in the margins, the story itself was ok. Rooster is bored of eating chicken fed so he learns to cook strawberry shortcake.
Feb 25, 2015 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining book. It keep my daughter's attention. Plus had a cute recipe for short short cake.
Nov 24, 2015 Jodi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit long, but other than that it was great! I always love a book that includes recipes!
Jun 24, 2015 Darlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great sequel to the little red hen. My son laughed so much at the silly Iguana's antics.
Zilha B.
This fable is about a little rooster who is tired of chicken feed, so he tries to make a strawberry shortcake using his great grandmother’s cookbook. He gets the help of his friends, the Iguana, Turtle, and Pig, and makes the strawberry shortcake. After making the strawberry shortcake, with some difficulties, the cake is dropped and eaten by the Pig. They decide to make another shortcake, which turns out to be easier the second time. I would use this book to teach about fables and the characteri ...more
Nov 03, 2015 Hunter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was boring. I didn't like it. I only read it because i needed to read a pic book
This book is kind of a sequel to the little red hen because it focuses on the little red hen's grandson who is a rooster. The story goes the same as the little red hen except that instead of three animals just saying no a few other animals say yes and the book turns into a comical retelling of the little red hen. This is a great book to use when you want the children to see the retelling of famous stories (or loose sequels to stories like this one). The story also features measuring with the coo ...more
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Janet Stevens began drawing as a child. Pictures decorated her walls, mirrors, furniture and school work -- including math assignments. While this didn't always sit well with her teachers, it was what she loved to do.

Janet’s father was in the Navy therefore she moved a great deal and attended many schools while growing up.

After graduating from high school in Hawaii in 1971 she landed a job creati
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