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Why the Chicken Crossed the Road

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
A rollicking investigation of cause and effect by the Caldecott medalist.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 29th 1991 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1987)
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Sep 21, 2016 Apex157x rated it really liked it
Love the whimsical illustrations
Gina Valdes
Mar 04, 2012 Gina Valdes rated it liked it
I think that Why the Chicken Crossed the Road is a fun book! It first caught my attention because of its title; an old saying that we’ve all heard forever but never actually understand. I think that the title alone could draw kids in and make them curious about the story. This is a perfect book to use to teach kids about cause and effect. At a young age, cause and effect is a difficult concept to understand. Children are always doing things that have results, but they don’t usually understand ...more
Ashley Thorpe
Sep 30, 2014 Ashley Thorpe rated it really liked it
While I was reading this book I noticed that the inside cover pages were a dark blue, just like the police officers uniforms. If you take off the book jacket you will see the actual book cover is red and has a blue chicken right in the center of the book, thus giving us the idea that this book is about a chicken. The text throughout this book does not change, but it does sometimes the text follows the picture next to it or underneath it. Some of the pictures in this book bleed on to the night ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Lexi.vernaglia rated it really liked it
This book was too cute! I think everyone has asked the questions at least once, why did the chicken cross the road? At first it was a little confusing with each scenario leading to the next one. I remember thinking where is this story going when I was reading it. But it all comes together at the end. The set up of it was clever; it was like a reverse circle in a way. This story answers your question as to why the chicken crossed the road. Unfortunately for the town that it happened in, it caused ...more
Mar 15, 2016 Katy rated it really liked it
Why the Chicken Crossed the Road is a very humorous story about how every single action that we make causes a reaction that we might not be expecting. A chicken decided that he was going to cross the road which then caused a series of chaotic events. All of the images were extremely bright and colorful. I do not know the media of the illustrations because it was not listed, but these images, no matter how they were done, were incredible. I feel that the illustrations helped to aid the story very ...more
Kyounga Kim
Sep 27, 2015 Kyounga Kim rated it really liked it
I liked the title that is why I chose this book to read. "Why the chicken crossed the road". It is the title of this book which is provoking curiosity about the book. however, the real story is little bit nothing new. On the cover jacket, the author mentioned the intention of the book though; it is about cause and effect of the world. So, I like to talk about the illustration rather than story itself.
The main color is dark blue which is so charming. The illustration looks like acrylic colored a
Carlie Engels
Mar 01, 2012 Carlie Engels rated it it was ok
This would be a good story to read to children to teach cause/effect. However, I found myself very confused while reading. The story was hard to follow because every page had a new set of characters and a new setting. Aside from the confusing story line and chain of events, the illustrations were very colorful and eye catching. They are unrealistic and cartoon-like. Some pages have full bleed illustrations while other pages are bordered. The type face is normal and the text is found in different ...more
Ashley Frederick
Feb 27, 2012 Ashley Frederick rated it it was ok
This book was...weird. That's the best way to describe it. Basically, a chicken crosses the road which causes a bunch of things to wrong in the city, all in a round-about way. I gave this book two stars because, even though I did not like it that much, kids in the classroom might ike it and understand it better than me. But, the main reason why I did not give it only one star is because of what I got from the story. The meaning of the story, for me, was to explain that even the smallest thing in ...more
Shoaa Aljohani
Oct 01, 2014 Shoaa Aljohani rated it liked it
Why The Chicken Crossed. According to the topic of this story the reader will wondering why?? That lead children to read the story and figure out the answer. .This book has interesting pictures and colorful pages.Its a good story to each children cause and effect.This contains some elements of visual grammar as no frames inside its full bleed.Also,there are relate between one of images to another.This book too contains more than one of pages shown half body for some characters like some people ...more
Dec 03, 2012 Kendra rated it liked it
Why the Chicken Crossed the Road by David Macaulay is a fun yet confusing book. as a kid we heard many jokes on why the chicken crossed the road and this book take a spin on that joke by answering the famous question and showing what results in the chicken crossing the road. A chicken crosses the road and then several events happen because of it. I like how each example displays cause and effect and at the very end all the events tie together. The pictures are colorful and interesting too. I ...more
Matthew Meehan
Oct 12, 2011 Matthew Meehan rated it liked it
This is a fun take to answer the famous question, "Why did the chicken cross the road?". It is a simple cause-and-effect book that shows how one simple action can have huge ramifications.The illustrations are well done, but the creativity is in the text. The story is well written, and often time, there are sentences widway through when reaching a page turn. I think this book would be a great exercise for kids who are just how to put things in order because you could make strips of each ...more
Jayne Hill
Mar 17, 2014 Jayne Hill rated it liked it
While reading this story I could imagine all the chaos going on in the town. I thought it was so cleaver how the story circled around without the reader being able to expect that. If I was to give this book a theme I would say it is realizing that everything is related someway or another, directly or indirectly. This story can be used to teach cause and effect or as a character building lesson to show how our actions can have good or bad consequences. This portrait orientated book tells an ...more
Katelynn Callahan
This book is about the simple question that has been used forever, "Why did the chicken cross the road?". It goes through the story of one little thing occurring and then causing many other thing to happen because of it. The book is very well written with exciting illustration. One thing that did bother me about this book is that sentences would be halfway through and then continued on the next page. In my opinion this may be confusing for young readers. It is a good story to teach kids that ...more
Eric Hernandez
Oct 04, 2012 Eric Hernandez rated it it was amazing
Lets be honest who hasn't actually why did the chicken cross the road? If you haven't then im sorry! This is just a curious book with the title being such a popular saying so when i first read it i was curious. As for little kids looking at the cover what catches their eyes are the chickens im guessing. I think this is a good read for children's so they can find out....why did the chicken cross the road.
Feb 28, 2012 Jacqueline rated it liked it
i like this book because we have always heard the saying "why did the chicken cross the road?" This tells a story about it; it is very cute. The book was kind of exaggerating things and had a lot of imagination. It also shows the kids little things make a big difference. Another example of this would be telling the kids saying thank you and please is something small, but it shows manners and much more. The pictures are soemthing different to show as well.
Mar 15, 2016 Ahmad rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdg-291
This book is a great way to teach kids about cause and effect and show them how every action they do will trigger a reaction thus they must think wisely before they do something. As the book shows why the chicken crossed the road and by doing so it triggered a series of events such as the cows smashing into the train and the robber got away and so on.. The illustrations were ok so as the font used. Over all i think this is a great book for children to read.
Anna Davis
Oct 04, 2012 Anna Davis rated it liked it
Why the Chicken Crossed the Road by David Macaulay is a postmodern children’s book, and a very good example of one. This question/joke has been asked so many times and this book answers it. A chicken crosses the road and then several events happen because of it. It is a good book to teach younger children about cause vs. effect. The pictures are colorful and interesting too. I also found it interesting the a sentence would be on one side of the page, but finished on the other.
Mishal Al-Zaid
Apr 13, 2016 Mishal Al-Zaid rated it it was amazing
this is a great book for children who need some guidance towards a subject that may be hard to learn sometimes but only in the hard way, this book is teaching children the relation between cause and affect, how every action has its own affect. the author showed that when the chickens crossed the street everything went bad and wrong
Kaylee Jaime
Oct 15, 2011 Kaylee Jaime rated it it was ok
Why the chicken crossed the road was a cute story line about why the chicken really did cross the road. It began and ended with the same picture which I thought was pretty cool. It went through the day and explained all the things that happened when the chicken crossed the road and in the end why he crossed the road.
Jul 08, 2014 Michael rated it liked it
An interesting tale on 'why the chicken crossed the road', but not interesting enough to hold the girls attention.
Thomas Andrikus
One of the most bizzare children books I've ever come across. But at leadt now I know why the chicken crossed the road.
Dec 27, 2015 Kelly rated it it was amazing
My son really liked this book when he was a small child. We finally had to buy the book. The story has mystery as well as the old question why did the chicken cross the road.
Jul 05, 2011 Danis rated it liked it
Shelves: ls-5360, picture-book
A great book to demonstrate cause and effect. Very bright pictures that some students would love. I would have this book in my library.
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David Macaulay, born in 1946, was eleven when his parents moved from England to Bloomfield, New Jersey. He found himself having to adjust from an idyllic English childhood to life in a fast paced American city. During this time he began to draw seriously, and after graduating from high school he enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). After spending his fifth year at RISD in Rome on ...more
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