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The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet!

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,292 ratings  ·  291 reviews
La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peace and quiet would make it just right.

So the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long, singing of any kind is outlawed. Even the teakettle is afraid to whistle!

But there is one noisy rooster who doesn't give two mangos about this mayor's silly rules. Instead, he does what roosters were born to do.

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Hardcover, 48 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Scholastic Press
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Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Allegorical tales are not supposed to make you giggle. They’re steeped in seriousness. Rooted in meaning. Awash in heartfelt feelings that are meant to make you think deeply about the state of the world today. When such tales are rendered as children’s picture books they often retain that same earnest quality. Now I’ve always been squarely located in the camp that believes that any message is vastly improved when it puts a little humor in the mix for spice. The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet jus ...more
rachel keeler
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been reading this book to school groups for the past two weeks - several different classes of 3rd & 4th graders. It makes a great read aloud and has several aspects that make it a 5-star book for me. It has words in another language (Spanish) plus the opportunity to discuss that animal sounds are often different among languages. It has a refrain for the kids to repeat (the aforementioned animal sound.) It has a message about standing up for one's beliefs. It has an additional theme of peo ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
I feel as though this picture book is geared more towards the third through fifth grade aged kiddos. It has an excellent theme about standing up for what is right and not being bullied into other peoples beliefs out of fear. The illustrations were not done to my liking, though. The illustrations of the mayor are seriously creepy! Eew! (The kids will NOT mistake who the bad guy is in this book!) All in all though, I think this book would create some deep discussions about being brave and courageo ...more
Carmen Agra Deedy masterfully blends repetition, humor, and allegory to tell an original, timely, modern folktale about the importance of speaking up for your beliefs and resisting being silenced. Her amusing and inspiring author's note says it all:
Roosters sing at sunrise; they also sing at noon, sundown, and in the middle of the night. Roosters sing when they please, and that's all there is to that.

Much like roosters, human children are born with voices strong and true -- and irrepressible.
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
La Paz is a village ringing with sound and singing; it’s noisy and bustling. But sometimes it’s a bit too loud, maybe some quiet would help. So the old mayor is sent away and a new mayor is elected. Don Pepe promises a quieter life, but his rules and laws start to become stifling and soon the village is silent. Then a rooster and his hen and chicks arrive. The rooster greets the day with a song right under the mayor’s window. As the mayor struggles to control one rooster and his singing by takin ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW! I don't know if I've ever been so moved by a picture book before! Tears. Seriously. This book could create such amazing dialogue in children of all ages.

"Much like roosters, human children are born with voices strong and true - and irrepressible. Then, bit by bit, most of us learn to temper our opinions, censor our beliefs, and quiet our voices. But not all of us. There are always those who resist being silenced, who will crow out their truth, without regard to consequence. Foolhardy or wis
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A copy of this should go to every person who ever asked me why I couldn't just, for self-preservation, just keep my mouth shut. Or who said, oh irritating phrase, "it is what it is." A book that reminds you that it is okay to stand up for something, even when others may find you foolish.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This should win awards and be in all the schools. The funny bright pictures make the message more palatable, but do not weaken it at all. Don't let your voice be silenced by extremists!
Luisa Knight
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
When a mayor gets elected, the first thing he does is but a ban on loud singing ... then on singing itself. It takes a rooster to stand up to the mayor and remind the people that they don't have to be bullied.

Ages: 3 - 8

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Jillian Heise
An allegory that sends an important message about standing up for what's right and using your voice when others cannot. Be sure to read the author's note at the end.
This book is a celebration of resistance, of letting your voice be heard when others want it silenced. A wonderful addition to any little revolutionary's personal library.
Jennifer Miera
Feb 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Eeeew. Strange illustrations. Kids would be creeped out by Don Pepe. And he does all sorts of terrible things to the poor rooster - locking him in a cage, starving him, threatening to kill him - all in an effort to get the rooster to stop singing.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, 2017
I'm not sure if I can truly express how much love this book.

A noisy town elects the only mayoral candidate who promises to make things quiet and at first all is well until the mayor's dictates become so harsh that even the tea kettle in a private home is afraid to whistle. The town is oppressed into literal silence until one day a "plucky gallito" comes to town and roosts in a tree outside the mayor's window. The rooster, as roosters do, crows his morning song. The mayor insists that he stop bu
Nadine Jones
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
2.5 stars

I really WANTED to love this. I loved the kooky artwork and I especially loved the expressions on the chickens' faces and I loved the message (it's important to be a voice for those who cannot speak - if you missed the message it's repeated in the author's note on the last page, which if you ask me qualifies as hitting you over the head with it) and I liked the characters. But this just didn't have that spark that would make me love it. The words had no life or rhythm, reading it aloud
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars - A timeless allegory in the form of a children's picture book with a deep and important lesson.

I really can't put it any better than the author herself.

Roosters sing at sunrise; they also sing at noon, sundown, and in the middle of the night. Roosters sing when they please, and that's all there is to that.

Much like roosters, human children are born with voices strong and true -- and irrepressible.

Then, bit by bit, most of us learn to temper our opinions, censor our beliefs, and quiet
Camille Thompson
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A revolutionary rooster who sings in a town where song is outlawed. He sings "for those who dare not sing-- or have forgotten how" he tells the mayor who has caged him, deprived him of food and sunlight, and is on the verge of making him into soup. Vibrant artwork, great message-- "But a song is louder than one noisy little rooster ... And it will never die so long as there is someone to sing it."
This is my fight song.
Aliza Werner
This book, right now! An allegory that celebrates those who have the courage to speak up and sing out, even when faced with consequences. A must use in the classroom.
Michele Knott
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although this book is important to read and share now, it's a timeless book because it could have been read 50 years ago, and it will have meaning 50 years from now.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great read aloud to talk about speaking up and persevering.
Debbie Smith
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
There once was a village that was hustling and bustling with every kind of noise: dogs, engines, fountains making bubbly sounds, and lots of singing. All sorts of noise. So much, in fact, that the people couldn’t hear, sleep, or even think! So what do you do? Fire the mayor! It must be his fault. The village then hired Don Pepe to be mayor since he promised peace and quiet. Little by little the village changed. The first rule: there was no LOUD singing in public. Then no LOUD singing at home. An ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, picture-books
Kee Kee Ree Kee! Animals make different sounds depending on where you are in the world. The toddlers were fascinated by that fact. Don't roosters go cock a doodle doo?! Yes! They do! I told the kids that everytime the rooster crowed, they could say kee kee ree kee with me, or they could say cock a doodle doo, or something entirely different if they wanted. They loved this book because of the repetition and the determination of the rooster who really would not be quiet! The city of La Paz was onc ...more
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages
The enchanting story teller Carmen Agra Deedy, who I've had the privilege of hearing many times, and author of Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, words come alive in this picture book of a Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet! The vibrant illustrations, enhancing these words are by Eugene Yelchin. There's a moral; that killing a rooster will not quiet a song or the urge to sing. Yelchin's mixed-media paintings celebrate life, with dancing lines and primary colors. A tea kettle has never been illustrated ...more
Holly Mueller
Bravo! I loved this book! Oh, the chutzpa of this rooster to have a voice in a quiet town - no matter what. No matter what the mayor threatened (and did) take away from him. He reminds me of a rooster who woke us up at 3:30 am every morning on a mission trip in Mexico. We called him the "broken rooster" because he had a faulty crow, but believe me - that didn't stop him! Even though he crowed at an ungodly hour, we couldn't help but smile and sometimes giggle in our hammocks. This story also rem ...more
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-pb
I really like the message behind this story about how our voices are important. The author has a lovely note at the back: “Much like roosters, human children are born with voices strong and true—and irrepressible.” As a kindergarten teacher, my goal is always to help children to use their voices to express themselves without silencing their spirit.

Even without thinking about the message behind the book, this is a fun read for children and could lead into some discussion about noise. It would al
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another sweet book! Huray! This story is about a rooster who comes to a quiet town and is told by the mayor that he cannot sing. The mayor tells him there is no singing but the rooster continues to defy the odds and sing. Even when faced with death the rooster still understands how he can sing beyond the grave. There is so much meaning that can be obtained from this story. I believe children will be able to discuss the meanings and share how stories can enlighten hearts and minds.
Ruth Ann
Beautiful book and beautiful story.
From the Author's Note:
There are always those who resist being silenced,
who will crow out their truth,
without regard to consequence.
Foolhardy or wise, they are the ones
who give us the courage to sing.
--Carmen Agra Deedy
The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite K-3 read alouds of the year. This little book bursts with power, and fun, and pain, and I've never yet read it through without tearing up at the final declaration that the song is stronger than one bully of a mayor. Joyful, and it will last.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book about using your voice to stand up for what you believe in. Students enjoyed learning that in different countries people make animal sounds differently. They were shocked and this brought on research about what people say to imitate dogs, cats, pigs, etc. in other places.
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Carmen Agra Deedy is an internationally known author of children’s literature, a storyteller and radio contributor. Born in Havana, Cuba, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1963 after the Cuban Revolution. Deedy grew up in Decatur, Georgia and currently lives in Atlanta and has three daughters.

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