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Interrupting Chicken

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  12,196 Ratings  ·  1,082 Reviews
Awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor!

A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.

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 GRETEL or LITTLE RED RIDING HO
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Candlewick Press
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Colby Sharp
Sep 16, 2011 Colby Sharp rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, character
Loved this book. I thought it would be fun to try and do something funny (it never works when I try to be funny) for this revi-Out jumped a little red chicken, and she said, "Get off Goodreads and grade some math papers."

Little red chicken is probably right, but grading/planning math is never as much fun as checking twitter and goodre-Out jumped a little red chicken, and she said, "Dude, you really need to vacuum the floors. Seriously get off the computer."

Wow, not sure if this review is working
Nov 29, 2010 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture

Aww, Little Chicken wants to save the characters in her books from their own stupidity!
I sympathize.
Sarah BT
Mar 09, 2011 Sarah BT rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a cute little story, but I had a couple of problems with it. Interrupting Chicken was a Caldecott Honor Book this year so I think I was expecting some amazing artwork. And while the illustrations are good, they didn't really stand out to me and say "yes, this is a Caldecott Honor!" I did like the varying illustrations to alternate between little chicken and her father and the storybooks they're reading. And the author/illusrator does a good job of expressing emotions in Papa chicken's ey ...more
When animals appear on a book cover, you can predict a lot about the book. If there's a dog on the cover, get the tissue. If a chicken's on the cover, you know the book is funny. I am not sure why we find chickens so amusing, but Interrupting Chicken will make you laugh and remind you of how funny children can be, too.
Katie Fitzgerald
Mar 02, 2011 Katie Fitzgerald rated it it was amazing
In Interrupting Chicken, the 2011 Caldecott Honor book by David Ezra Stein, a chicken and her Papa sit down to read a series of classic fairy tales before it's time to go sleep. Chicken promises not to interrupt the stories, but then proceeds to do so time and again, unable to help herself. When she finally settles down, Papa reverses the roles by falling asleep and interrupting the last story with his snoring.

When I was reading this, I focused mostly on the art, since that's what won the award,
Sep 19, 2013 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Little Red Chicken has trouble hearing a whole bedtime story without interrupting her Papa Chicken right at the good part. When he gives up and allows her to tell the story, guess who ends up interrupting with some snores?
This book would be a fun way to introduce writing concepts for fiction including the importance of conflict and resolution.
The stories her papa uses are familiar to her so Little Red Chicken interrupts at every critical point with her own resolution designed to prevent any str
May 06, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Here is the story of a little chicken who is so enthusiastic about bedtime stories they hardly lull her to sleep. Her father is happy to read her stories but asks her to please remember not to interrupt and to try to fall asleep. But when familiar stories (Hansel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood and Little Red Hen) are read, the little chicken can't help bursting into the story with a quicker and happier solution to the problems at hand. What will happen when an exasperated and very tired father trie ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A 2011 Caldecott Award honor book. Papa can never finish reading a story to Chicken, because she keeps interrupting and finishing the story for him. What is he to do? I'm sure there are parents out there with this same problem. This is a good book to teach kids the meaning of "interruption". I didn't care for the artwork much, which is why I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars. We read it to the pre-schoolers in our last storytime, and they loved it. Recommended.
4.5 out of 5
I simply loved the story, the illustrations, the COLORS. However, I cannot get over the fact that the chicken that clearly looks like a little rooster is actually a SHE! Sorry, but hens don't have tails like that!
Mar 16, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Am I the only one who thinks that Interrupting chicken needs clear and consistent consequences? Lol! Just saying...
Stephanie Calhoun
Feb 18, 2016 Stephanie Calhoun rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fantastic book to use when teaching students about classroom discussion etiquette.
Kit Pang
Jan 22, 2016 Kit Pang rated it really liked it
The chicken should have been a boy!
Dec 04, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I've met this chicken, I've tried to read to this chicken, and yep it went about the same for me.
Kathryn Dykes
Sep 07, 2015 Kathryn Dykes rated it really liked it
Plot summary & personal response: Interrupting chicken is a delightful children’s book with playful illustrations, which is simply written but enjoyable for everyone. Little red chicken can't wait to hear bedtime stories from her Papa, but her enthusiasm and excitement interrupt the adventurous tales of Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, & Chicken Little, as the characters find themselves drawing near to trouble. Little red chicken quickly jumps into the stories to save the day ...more
Joshua Arvey
Sep 07, 2016 Joshua Arvey rated it it was amazing
Title: Interrupting Chicken
Author/Illustrator: David Ezra Stein
Genre: Fantasy
Themes: Fantasy, Picture Book, Caldecott Award

Plot Summery: Interrupting Chicken is about a little chicken that is getting ready for bed. As her Papa is about to put her to bed she reminds him that he has to ready a story to her. As the title gives it away Papa Chicken asks Little Chicken if she will interrupt him during the story and she graciously says she won’t. Only come to find out that when Papa is reading the fir
Alexandra Mauger
Plot Summary: This book is about a young chicken, simply known as Chicken, who is trying to sleep by listening to her father, Papa, read her favorite bedtime stories. However, Chicken keeps interjecting in the middle of the bedtime stories. She prevents the main characters from doing something wrong and makes each story have a quick and happy ending. When Papa has run out of bedtimes stories to read, Papa suggests that Chicken read him a story to help them sleep. Chicken writes her own bedtime s ...more
Sep 25, 2016 Casey rated it it was amazing
Synthesis: The Interrupting Chicken is a fun spin on the old-fashioned bedtime story. The main character, a little chicken, is being put to sleep by his father, but not before hearing a bedtime story. As the father reads bedtime classics to his son, the chicken CONSTANTLY butts in in the middle of the story, shouts out the solution to the problem and ending to the story, and the begs for another. Eventually, all of the stories run out and Chicken has to create his own bedtime story that he reads ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Cassie rated it liked it
I was told to be on the look out for this book - from several people. It's bedtime and Papa wants to read little red chicken a story. Papa tries three different stories and each time little red chicken cannot help herself - she must jump right in there and participate in the story, i.e. interrupt. For example, while her poor father is in the middle of reading Little Red Riding Hood, little red chicken must interrupt the story with a big ole "Don't talk to strangers!" aimed right at Little Red Ri ...more
Sam Grace
May 31, 2012 Sam Grace rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: effusive story listeners
Recommended to Sam by: Norma Mendoza-Denton
This book is brilliant! You can read the descriptions of the plot elsewhere, so I want to focus on the things that I thought were special about it:

1) the Formula. Yes! This is what makes this a CHILDREN'S book. It is repetitive in the way that kids love. And it's so META. Little Chicken interrupts the stories because she knows the end, but so will the kids hearing the story. And that wonderful feeling of, I know! I know! is all over this book. Little Chicken feels it and I am sure young listener
Jul 25, 2015 Caroline rated it really liked it
It made me laugh in the bookstore and it seemed perfect for my kid for various reasons, but when I read it to her, she didn't laugh at all and only seemed to respond a little at the end (sometimes I need to prep for my performance a little more, I get that - it was kind of weak. This book depends more on delivery than some others might) and when I put it down she asked me to take it back. She didn't want it.

Then she started telling a bunch of stories in quick succession. One about a little chick
Feb 26, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
We really enjoyed this one at our house! I suspect it is actually more appealing to adults, who have had a little "interrupting chicken" to deal with during their own storytime. Little red chicken is ready for bed, and her Papa is going to read her a story. However, Chicken gets so wrapped up in the stories, she feels she must interrupt to warn the people in the story about what's going to happen, thereby forestalling the adventure. For example, when Chicken Little gets hit in the head with an a ...more
Jan 15, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it
I loved Interrupting Chicken! Ok, got that out of the way! It wasn't my favorite book by any means, but it was a great read-aloud. I read this to a group of 2-9 year olds and it kept them quiet (thank goodness). It wasn't the big chortle-aloud kind of book that I thought it'd be, but they seemed to enjoy it nonetheless. I've read it to several adults, too, who all really liked it (the adults laughed more than the kids, to be honest).

Interrupting Chicken is about a young chicken (who has the plum
Ann Nekola
Jul 08, 2013 Ann Nekola rated it liked it
Audience: Primary
Genre: Picture Book
Pre-reading Strategy: Anticipation Guide
This strategy uses a simple form that the students fill in to answer questions before they read the story. The students fill out the questionnaire and by doing so they become excited to read the story.

Beginning statement: I am going to hand out a slip of paper that has four questions on it, that you need to either check the box to agree or disagree with.

Questions: I would read these question aloud for the students, and
Jun 19, 2012 Barb rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A cute picture book about a little chicken who constantly interrupts his papa during story time
(and I'm assuming the rest of the time as well).

My almost seven year old son and almost ten year old daughter both love this book, they laughed out loud the first two times I read it to them.

I think it's very cute but I'm not sure they see themselves in Little Chicken. Tonight we read this and then afterward while I was reading Skippyjon Jones I had to ask my son if HE was a chicken...

I can only hope t
Mar 02, 2011 Tdavis rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Hahaha, Interrupting Chicken is such a fun read—got a lot of laughs out of this one during story hour and even in my after school program. I think the next time I’ll use it, is after reading the three fairy tales the chicken interrupts (Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and Chicken Little).

There have been concerns that children do not know fairy tales, so by reading the fairy tales first you have a foundation of the stories chicken interrupts. Then you can ask the children, “Is that re
Very fun. A perfect one to try in storytime. I enjoyed the pictures. Lots of possibilities for voices in this. Perfect choice for a PJ storytime because of the going to bed aspect. Fabulous for a lap-read at night or even before a nap.

10/8/14 I had a ton of fun reading this. They seemed to be into it and liked when the chicken interrupted. Adults liked it, too. Because I had a younger crowd, I decided to do a quick summary of each original tale so they could remember how it was supposed to go a
Feb 12, 2014 Paige rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein is the hilarious story of Little Red Chicken who asks Papa to read a bedtime story. Just when Papa is in the middle of the story, Chicken interrupts. These interruptions go on for three stories until finally, Chicken decides to read a bedtime story to Papa.

The personified animals, Chicken and Papa, in this story are very relatable. In fact, this story could be used in a classroom of younger students in the beginning of the year when teaching rules such as
Erin Reilly-Sanders
I really really enjoyed this one. First of all, the story is really fabulous. I love that it's about bedtime reading rituals and plays with traditional fairytales. The dialog is delightful and the text simple enough to hold a child's attention while still providing a story that will amuse both the adult and the child. The humour is good enough that we're still laughing over our own versions of Chicken's intrusions. The art is is also rather good. I love the richness of colour that's achieved thr ...more
Olivia Lavelle
Jan 24, 2012 Olivia Lavelle rated it liked it
The "Interrupting Chicken" by David Ezra Stein, had a great story line. It was different because we don't usually read children's books that involve only the father and daughter. We often see both parents in a story and if it is a single parent it's usually the mother that is present. Having the father be the only parent made the book have some sentimental value, in my opinion. One the other hand, the author had a creative way in developing the structure of this book. As I was reading this book ...more
Gretchen Rosch
Oct 16, 2016 Gretchen Rosch rated it it was amazing
1. It was time for the little red chicken to go to bed, but first she wanted papa to read her a story. Papa had to warn the little red chicken that she was not allowed to interrupt the story like she tends to do. She promised him she would be good. Papa began to read and every story he read, she interrupted. After a while papa gave up so the little red chicken read to him, and he ends up falling asleep.

2. k-2

3. Reading

4. Any student who enjoys humor will love this book.

5. In small groups i woul
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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.
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