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"Chikabunga!" The alarmist chicken and all her funny feathered friends are back! Henna-Penny thinks the sky is falling when an acorn smacks her on her fine red comb. Come flock along as she and her barnyard pals take a side-splitting trip around the world to tell the king. Jane Wattenberg masterfully retells the classic tale, combining wit and ingenuity in a rhythmic text. ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published 2000 by Scholastic Press (first published January 1st 1998)
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Ellen
Apr 02, 2008 Ellen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Gluttons for punishment.
It would be hard to imagine liking a children's book less. Rescue me from this form: overly hip interpretations of fairy tales and fables. My kids were especially displeased by the completely uninspired use of photo collage and the gruesomely rendered conclusion.
Livvie Esslinger
This book is a story of a hen who thinks the sky is falling, and decides it is her mission to inform the king. She picks up many friends along the way. Eventually, all the animals come to a fox, who leads them into a cave. There, he attacks them all one by one, until he gets to the hen. She had been so distracted by her mission that she had forgotten to lay her egg that day. Realizing this gave her the energy and motivation that she needed to get out of the fox's grasp fast enough. The story end ...more
Mckenzie Quade
This book was hilarious. The illustrations were so unique and had real life pictures and scenes behind the cartoons. In the end, the fox ends up eating a bunch of birds so that might be a little gruesome for young children. This book also played with words and phonemic awareness a lot. It turned everything into a rhyme even though they weren't real word. So I liked that part of it.
Matthew
May 15, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore
Fans of Kevin O'Malley will certainly enjoy this. This is a wild retelling of the story of Chicken Little with strong jazz lingo peppered throughout. Honestly, the whole book is a little strange but in the best way imaginable. I really liked this book, as did the children to whom I read. This is a nice addition to any fractured fairy tale unit.
Karen
May 05, 2015 Karen rated it it was ok
This book tries WAY too hard to stand out. Instead of feeling like a fresh new twist on a classic fairy tale, it feels like a chicken dinner that has been sitting out in the sun all day -- even Foxy Loxy wouldn't touch it.

I thought with so many changes and additions, the ending might have been a bit more upbeat. It wasn't. And the collage illustrations were not especially interesting or engaging.
Miss Kelly
Feb 09, 2016 Miss Kelly rated it liked it
Okay, weird version, more modern version of the original tale HENNY-PENNY.
Not a fan that the fox still eats most, not all of the animals. Was going to use this for story time but decided not to.
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Rani
What do you when the sky is falling and you are trapped by a fox? Henny-Penny shows the way!
Nancy
Published: 2000, Scholastic Press
Age: 4-8

Realistic colorful pictures of fowl searching for the king to inform him the sky is falling. Henny-penny, cocky-locky, ducky-lucky, gander-lander, turky-lurky, and the others shake, rattle, and roll through stonehedge, the leaning tower of pisa, the pyramids, and other landmarks until the foxy-loxy leads them to the dank, dark cave and plays an evil skanky prank on them. The ending is gruesome for very young kids, but older ones may enjoy the hip, rock a
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Amy For
Apr 07, 2015 Amy For rated it liked it
Nice little trip around the world world and back
Michelle Gray
So weird!
Deborah Harris
Dec 30, 2013 Deborah Harris added it
Shelves: ar-2, a29
AR Quiz No. 49754 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: LG - BL: 2.6 - AR Pts: 0.5
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP, VP
Little Miss and the Legomeister
The illustrations are odd, and the hip-hop lyrics are quite a mouthful. I think if you loved the wild and crazy language, this would be fun to read. And read with the proper expression, it would be a hoot to listen to. For me, though, it just falls flat.
Katie Clark
Dec 09, 2011 Katie Clark rated it really liked it
Shelves: folklore
This is a great remake of the classic tale. Henny Penny and her friends believe the sky is falling and on their way to tell the king they run into cunning Foxy Loxy. This book is full of beautiful pictures and can be used in lesson about being nice.
Sandybear76
This book was tough to read to a bunch of 1st graders due to all the rhyming names of the barnyard fowls. An old story with bright illustrations and new words - Chickabunga!
Ubalstecha
Jul 09, 2013 Ubalstecha rated it liked it
Stunning picture book version of the classic tale that uses cut-out picture collages to make tell the story. Bright and realistic. Fun for youger and older kids.
paula
Jun 10, 2010 paula rated it really liked it
Shake, rattle, and roll! Use a whole lot of crazy hepcat voices to read this crack-a-lackin' version out loud.
Horace Mann Family Reading Challenge
A chicken thinks the sky is falling, he goes around warning everyone. O.P.
Sandra Vicars
Aug 29, 2011 Sandra Vicars rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-334
A quirky book with interesting pictures. The sky is falling!
Bridgid
Dec 01, 2013 Bridgid rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book - great art, wonderful language.
Eli For
Dec 21, 2015 Eli For rated it liked it
Shelves: graham
Nice little trip around the world world and back
Shelly For
Dec 07, 2015 Shelly For rated it liked it
Nice little trip around the world world and back
Trish
Nov 28, 2012 Trish rated it liked it
Shelves: je, 2012
This book was trippy.
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