The illustrations are eye catching and full of color in David Ezra Stein’s delightful book, Interrupting Chicken (Candlewick Press 2010). The theme for this book is that it is not good to always interrupt your parent, but it is so hard for this chicken. A first and second grader will enjoy reading this book and a great book for a librarian to read orally. It will make everyone laugh. There is one page in which Papa is telling Chicken that she interrupted the story. Chicken has to tell Papa that she needed to because the witch was scary. This is a great example of metaficiton. The illustrations go great with the text. They actually make the text more fun and engaging. One of the best illustrations that go along with the text is when Papa gets tired and tells Chicken to tell him a story. Papa is shown yawning and getting into the covers. Chicken is shown wide awake holding a notebook and pencil. She is excited about telling her Papa a story. The illustrations definitely show that Chicken likes to interrupt. Papa is reading a story about Little Red Riding Hood. Chicken has to interrupt the story and yell, “Don’t Talk to Strangers!” The illustrator shows Chicken jumping up in the air yelling this to Little Red Riding Hood.
The overall theme of this book is lighthearted. Chicken wants to be good and not interrupt, but she finds it really hard. The illustrations are bright and full of color. The use of color does not make you tired, but wide awake just like Chicken. The storybooks Papa reads have the book opened with the illustration of the story and the text on the bottom. The text becomes blurred when Chicken interrupts the story and puts herself in the story. She becomes the focal point of the story. She is red, orange, yellow, and green. The book becomes lighter and softer with a dark background around it. The illustrator wants the eye to focus on Chicken. The front cover is very attractive and vibrant. The title is written in orange text. Chicken is jumping up and is very excited. Papa is giving her a look behind his glasses, but she is just too excited and has to
interrupt. The cover definitely caught my attention and made me want to pick it up. This book is a 2011 Caldecott Honor Book and is on the 2011 Notable Children’s Books for younger readers.