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Chicken Wants a Nap

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  145 ratings  ·  45 reviews
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Creative Editions
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Johnell Dewitt
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sparse text, repeat phrases and ideas, all great for parents and little readers. The ending is unexpected and fun. A good choice for parents and teachers of pre-k--first graders and even older kids who will enjoy the humor and ending.
Chicken's day starts out great, then goes back and forth. Lots of fun and simple. Great for storytime!
Norene Paulson
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All Chicken wants is a nap...a simple, comfortable, quiet nap. Unfortunately for Chicken, today there is nothing simple, comfortable, or quiet about it. It's a good day for a nap EXCEPT when it rains, when the cows are loud, or when the barn is smelly. Marchini's delightfully sparse text bounces the reader back and forth between "It's a GOOD day to be chicken" and "It's a BAD day to be a chicken" as Chicken's hope for a nap rises and falls. Finally when it looks like Chicken won't be getting her ...more
Sherri Ashburner
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tracy Marchini strikes chicken bouillon gold with Chicken Wants a Nap! The simple text is adorable- I can hear the preschoolers squealing with delight as it's read aloud during story-time. The softly-colored illustrations are a perfect match for this most egg-cellent story, sure to be a winner with young flocks everywhere.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This little book is a hidden gem for storytime. The simple rhythm is a hit for preschool, and the illustrations are hilarious. One of my storytime kiddos acted like a chicken for the rest of the program, and he insisted on checking the book out to read again at home. I'd call that a hit!

Update: 48 hours later, kiddo is still a chicken. You have been warned.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Chicken celebrates a beautiful day amongst the blooming flowers and peaceful surrounds. As the ground’s warmth touches her feet, she wants to nap, but is irritated when the rain starts to fall. Inside the nearby barn, she escapes the rain and feels the calm and quiet, but when she tries to sleep, the cows noisily wake her. On escaping to the porch of the farm house, she is pleased to find peace away from the smelly, noisy cows and the damp rain, but is unable to nap because the dog starts to bar ...more
Debbie Smith
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
The grass is warm and the flowers are blooming. It's a good day to be a chicken and a good day for a chicken to take a little nap. But as the page turns the reader sees that it's now raining, and with wet feathers, there's no way the chicken can nap.

Sigh! The barn is quiet and a perfect place for a nap, so it's still a good day to be a chicken. MOO! Oops. It's now a bad day since cows are waaay toooo loud for a chicken to sleep. And come to think about it, the barn is too smelly to nap. Ugh!

Robin Newman
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered when it’s good to be a chicken?

In this adorable picture book, written in short, carefully-crafted sentences, chicken will tell you when it’s good and bad to be a chicken. For example, it’s good to be a chicken when the sun is shining, the grass is warm, and chicken can take a nap. It’s bad to be a chicken when it’s raining, her feathers are wet, and chicken cannot nap. The book goes back and forth between good and bad, and of course ends on a good note for chicken but a n
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For those of you who love naps, yet are constantly interrupted in your plan to get one, this book will strike a familiar nerve. Poor chicken just wants a nap, yet every place he tries, someone foils him.

Lots of movement in the illustrations, and I liken the style to Edouard Manet's version of impressionism - not the hazy Monet style, but definitive shapes yet softened.

Chicken finally gets his nap, and the last page ends the story with a humorous note. Great for Storytime.
J Maher
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An adorable book! Follows the ups and downs of chicken’s quest to take a nap, and really connects with a kid’s all-or-nothing outlook on life - “it’s a good day to be a chicken,” until “it’s a bad day to be a chicken.” The repetition is so fun, and the illustrations perfectly foreshadow what’s coming next, letting the child reader pick out what they think is going to happen. Not to mention, the chicken’s expressions are priceless! A real winner. Great book!
Juliana Lee
On a rainy day, all chicken wants is a nice warm place to take a nap. Text alternates between chicken having a good day (finds a place to nap) to having a bad day (animals cause her to find someplace else to nap). She finally gets a nap after the rain and after she eats her fill of worms... it's a bad day for worms.
Sita Singh
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All chicken wants is a nap! This adorable story with sparse text, colorful illustrations, and a pattern with delightful repetitions, is a great read-aloud for your little ones. The unexpected ending makes the story even more appealing. I highly recommend this charming tale, written by the very talented Tracy Marchini!
Viviane Elbee
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a very quick read, good for short story times.

This text would work well for toddlers and preschoolers, but even young elementary students may enjoy the humor.

The illustrations are more on the complex side.

Kids enjoyed it. They voted to give it 5 stars.
Charlotte Offsay
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Poor chicken just wants to take a nap, but everything that can go wrong goes wrong! This is a hilarious, relatable, and brilliant read-aloud with a fun twist at the end. I highly recommend this one as it is sure to leave young children saying the same thing my kids did - "again!"
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun little story! Poor tired chicken just wants to have a nap. But every time she thinks she's found the perfect spot, something--or someone!--foils her plans. Readers will root for chicken to catch a break. Finally, in a twist ending, she does!
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
As someone who loves naps, I really respect this book. Not a MUST have, but really beautiful illustrations and a solid addition to a library collection.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustration good/bad story of a chicken on the farm who wants a nap but can't find the perfect spot.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The BEST thing I've read in awhile! SO good. Can't wait to read this in storytime .
Dede Janzen
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is beautifully illustrated. My almost two year old LOVE it. It is a cute book and one that she asked to "read again". Highly recommend this book.
Carolyn D.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Super super cute!!!
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a good day, it was a bad day. With good pacing, large expressive art, and subtle humor, this is perfect for a story time read.
Simple short text with repetitive phrases. I used some puppets with the story and my Twinkle Babies were loving it.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful little book. Beautiful illustrations. Easy to read with a great surprise ending.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Simple text, animal sounds, and expressive illustrations make for a fun, engaging read aloud. Perfect for the 0-3 crowd.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adorable. Back and forth goes the chicken but no across the road. Enjoy this "if" story.
Lisa Boyd
Chicken can't catch a break, she just wants a nap. I feel for Chicken.

This is a great read aloud.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Very cute.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Simple but hilarious. And naps are awesome.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When you want a nap you really need a good napping spot.
In the tradition of That's Bad! That's Good, a chicken's day moves through highs and lows, depending on whether the conditions are favorable for a nap.

Love the illustrations a lot!
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