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Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!

(Chick and Brain #1)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  664 ratings  ·  138 reviews
"Maybe your foot smells good.
Maybe your foot smells great.
But I will not smell your foot until you say PLEASE."

Meet Chick and Brain. And their friend Spot. Chick likes to follow the rules. Brain might not be as smart as he looks. And Spot just wants to eat lunch. A primer on good manners gone awry.
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Candlewick Press
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Dec 21, 2020 added it
[Book #4 for my grad school Children's Lit class] ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's Read Across America week!

As part of the celebration, my daughter's class had parents come in and read books to the kids. As luck would have it, I got to be one of those parents! Since I am such an avid reader, it was so exciting to be a part of an event that encourages kids to read. From what I could tell, it is working because they were all very enthusiastic!

My choice was Smell My Foot by Cece Bell. I had not read it before, but someone recommend Bell's more well known selection, El Deafo
Rod Brown
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I picked this up because I liked Bell's El Deafo so much. Well, this ain't that, but this children's comic book about etiquette is so aggressively stupid and silly that it almost won me over. I'm going to try the next book in the series to see if there is something here. ...more
I picked up this book to read with my bf (mostly because the title is an inside joke lol).

This was a really weird book (if the title is of any indication), but I really liked it! It's a fun and silly book about manners that I'm sure will garner some laughs.

*** #20 of my 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge - A book you picked because the the title caught your attention ***
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the weirdest picture books I've read in a while - in a very good way though! ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway-winner
What a fun book! Gave this to my grandsons and they just giggled.
Thanks Goodreads!
Richie Partington
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks, ps
Richie’s Picks: CHICK AND BRAIN: SMELL MY FOOT! by Cece Bell, Candlewick, September 2019, 72p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-7936-1

Brain wants his buddy Chick to smell his foot.

“‘Smell my foot!’
‘Smell my foot!’
‘No. I will not smell your foot.’
‘Oh, come on! Smell it!’
‘Smell it now!’
‘No. I will not smell your foot.’
‘But my foot smells good.’
‘My foot smells great!’
‘Maybe your foot smells good.’
‘Maybe your foot smells great.’
‘But I will not smell your foot until you say PLEASE.’
‘Like this: Please smell m
Mary Thompson
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Your kids will be rolling on the ground with laughter!
Dee Dee G
Umm this is a weird book. I think it will appeal to beginner readers because of the repetition.
Karen Kline
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young
This book! Among other things the book addresses the hip, meme-ish trend of giving information and saying, “You’re welcome,” without anyone actually saying thank you. This early reader divided into four illustrated chapters is an irreverent look at manners. Brain is a big-footed guy wearing boxer shorts with hearts and he wants his buddy Chick to smell his foot. Chick is full of knowledge about manners. Chick refuses until Brain --who *looks* very smart with his gray matter exposed on top of his ...more
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This humorous early reader graphic novel tells the story of friends Chick and Brain. Chick is obsessed with manners and Brain can’t quite master them even though he LOOKS smart (there’s a big brain on top of his head). When a dog politely invites Chick over for lunch because Chicks smell yummy, Brain is smart enough to see the peril while Chick is distracted by manners. The story is relayed in panels with speech bubbles. Spare watercolor and ink illustrations that occasionally break frame keep t ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cece Bell wrote a hilarious early reader chapter book and we can’t get enough! It’s a Chick and Brain adventure called, Smell My Foot! It even won a Theodor Sues Geisel Honor! What’s so silly is that Brain is, well a brain with a huge afro looking brain and Chick is a chicken with an obsession for good manners. Brain and Chick have some communication challenges that will have you laughing out loud. The comic book format and silly illustrations will motivate even the most reluctant reader to pick ...more
This is hilarious, and I recommend it especially to anyone who has a kid just starting to read on their own, who could use the incentive of fabulously silly humor on top of an easily accessible format (basically, a simplified graphic novel). The first time I read this with my 6-year-old, he agreed to read one of the character's lines (shown in speech bubbles) while I read the other. But then he loved it SO much that he's read it out loud to all the members of the family again and again and insis ...more
Michele Knott
This early graphic novel format chapter book is a silly story featuring the characters of Brain (character with super big feet, body, and a large brain for hair) and Chick (character that is... well, a chick). Chick is a super polite character who expects all the characters to be super polite as well, nagging them until they are all super frustrated. Brain, who readers will expect to be super smart, doesn't come off that way except Brain is the only character who can infer danger. Another good o ...more
Pam Jones-Nill
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super silly and fun humor in graphic novel format for early readers. The importance of general manners is the main theme and readers will enjoy the repetition as they read about a smelly foot! Readers will be pulling their shoes and socks off to replicate the actions of Chick and Brain. Hold your nose!
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious. This is an easy reader with a story line that will keep adults and middle grade readers entertained as well. The Theodore Suess Geisel award is a treasure trove of books for younger and beginning readers who aren't always served directly by the awards that focus solely on either illustrations or text. ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a hoot - lesson on manners and the “magic words” goes awry. Be sure to read the back cover, learning to read with Dick and Jane vs Chick and Brain - which, if you read it fast enough it sounds like chicken brain which makes me giggle!
Chris Hays
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sometimes you just need to have fun with a story. This is a great book about understanding what a person is trying to tell you vs. being focused on what you are trying to tell them. I am pretty sure students will love the humor in this book even if adults might not.
Sandra Winans
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Very similar to Dick and Jane books. Teaches basic mannerism using Thank you, your welcome and please many times. A good read for discussing patience with friends. Graphics make it a fun book. Could be used for a beginner reader as many sight words are used.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Delightful, funny and weird in absolutely the best way. Still smiling, thinking of all of the kids who will learn to read from these books!!!
Very silly, but also redemptive.
Katelyn Patterson
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
After listening to a podcast about how being polite is a tool of white suppremecy, this one hit a little too hard on the nose for me. However, it is hilarious and a great beginning graphic novel.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jf-beginners
comic book style beginning reader
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
so funny! i think my kindergartners will love it! just don't smell brain's other foot! ...more
Abigail Monte
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 02-ages-4-7
This book is hilarious! Brian and Chick are the main characters who are ornery, to say the least. The only thing lacking from this book is manners. I read this book to my students and they laughed every time I turned the page. I enjoyed this book a lot and would reccomend.
A cute story about manners with a side of paying attention to your situation.
Sarah S
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-beginning
Goofy fun!
Katlyn Marsh
This wonderful, quirky read will keep you giggling on the edge of your seat fro the very first page to the very last page! This is such a sensible story that teaches students about manners in a fun way that they will no doubt, enjoy! i loved this book and I can not wait to read it to my students who I know will be obsessed!
Judy Desetti
Theodore Seuss Geisel Award 2020 - Honor

Cute, humorous book, early reader. A graphic novel for young kids. They will enjoy this one. Recommend
Nancy Snyder
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
An early reader with humor that might be for the little more mature reader to enjoy all of the hidden laughter. Silly illustrations add to the fun of the story.
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I'm an author and an illustrator, and sadly not a jazz pianist. I live in an old church in the hills of Virginia with my husband, author Tom Angleberger. I work right next door in a new-ish barn. I've written and illustrated a bunch of books for kids and was lucky enough to get a Geisel Honor for one of 'em. If you want to know more about my hearing loss or my childhood (or both), check out my fir ...more

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