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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  441 ratings  ·  103 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
Paperback, 48 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1994)
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Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sophie - when she is older
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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
Sarah Sammis
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
jenna Hudrlik
Apr 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Absolutely darling! What a fun way to introduce cooking concepts to children! It also teaches about teamwork and being patient with each other.
Fallon Villarreal
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In “Cook-A-Doodle-Doo” Red Rooster decides that he is tired of feed and wants something better to eat. He decides to find his great grandmother’s cooking book. After enlisting the help of Iguana, Turtle, and Pig, the team attempts to make a strawberry shortcake. Throughout the book the team learns important cooking terms and how to work together as a team.

Major themes of this book include the value of teamwork and the important of patience and how to be understanding to those that do not always
Tracy Thomas
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cook-A-Doodle-Doo is a spin on the old classic “The Little Red Hen. A rooster (instead of a hen) is bored with the dull food he always eats, but he remembers that is great grandmother the Little Red hen has a wonderful cookbook full of delicious recipes. He then asks his friends Cat, Dog, and Goose to help him make a delightful Strawberry Shortcake. They all say no! Just as the rooster was about to give up on his plan 3 other friends decide to help. A potbelly pig, an iguana, and a turtle decide ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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This is the cutest little book, ever! I love chickens, and this book is about a rooster, a turtle, a pig, and an iguana who pitch in as a team and cook a meal together. Rooster is tired of eating chicken feed every day, and wants to eat something different. He gets hungry and decides to look at his great-grandmother's cookbook. The cookbook was "The Joy of Cooking Alone by L.R. Hen" (Little Red Hen from the old school Golden Books). They make a beautiful shortcake, but it gets dropped. So they m ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Candice's review is spot on and important.

The pictures are fine. The Little Red Hen premise is a hoot. The complications in the kitchen exhausted me. I would not use this book & recipe for the first shared kitchen activity with my child as it's just too much, and probably too fussy (I do like the idea of the first one being for practice, though). Instead I'd try something from Devlin's Cranberryport series.
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The big brown rooster was sick of always eating chicken feed. He decided to get his friends Turtle, Iguana, and Pig to help him even though they have never cooked before. They made the perfect strawberry shortcake until Iguana dropped it on the floor and pig ate it all. They said it was just practice then went on and made more perfect strawberry short cakes to share!
Sue Slade
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
My son & I read this tonight. A fun, educational read. Once we were done- we dug out his Great-Grandmother's sifter and sifted the amount of flour needed to make the recipe in the back of the book and proceeded to make the Strawberry Shortcake recipe for snack. A fun night to remember.
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I thought this was an extremely cute books. I loved how all the animals were not understanding the rooster when he would say things like measure the flour, and they tried to use a ruler. I also thought it was very cute how in the back of the book there was the recipe for the strawberry shortcake.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the questionable help of his friends Turtle, Iguana and Pig, Rooster manages to bake a strawberry shortcake, which would have pleased his great-grandmother, Little Red Hen.

Includes a recipe in the back.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Play off of Little Red Hen. Great text for kids to make comparisons to LRH
Kelly Miller
This teaches students the importance of teamwork and how accidents happen. This book shows a great reaction to an accident that happened (dropping the shortcake)
Karen Roettger
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun read & retelling of Little Red Hen classic story. Love the art work of Janet Stevens.
Aaron Ashton
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun book with great characters. They explore the wrong way to cook so they can do it the right way.
Alexia Powell
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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rooster, strawberry shortcake, cook-a-doodle-doo, cooked, sifted, measure, heat
Lynn  Davidson
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful story about teamwork - with hilarity - in the kitchen. Sidebars, fabulous illustrations, recipe in the back.
Lisa Arrigo
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the most adorable book! I enjoyed it so much. I am creating a cooking class around it! We will read the story and then bake our own shortcake!
Kelly Grimes
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Danae Williams
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: el-230-b
This book seems to be 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 retelling of the little red hen. This is a great book to learn about cooking so I would say it would be geared towards older kids, but it can also be used as a cute and funny read aloud book for younger kids as well!!



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 rated it really liked it
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
Alyssa Scherr
Sep 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
MollyKate Mclaughlin
Sep 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Iguana steals the show!!! Even very young kids will pick up quickly on the fact that Iguana is going to get off track during each step of the baking.

I love that this is a collaboration between sisters, and that they dedicated the book to their mother and grandmother, "the most wonderful, magnificent cooks in the whole wide world."

Baking is a hobby of mine--something my mom and I did together as I was growing up. This book demonstrates the joys of baking together, and teaching someone who's new t
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Codie Gates
Feb 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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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