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Chicken Dance

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  431 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
Meet Marge and Lola, chickens on a mission: to win tickets for the Elvis Poultry Show! But their toughest competition — a pack of menacing ducks — sneers that “all a chicken can do is bawk, flap, and shake.” Can our two feisty chicks show those quackers how to rock ’n’ roll the barnyard?
Tammi Sauer and Dan Santat have whipped up a giddy, goofy romp where cows fly over the
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Sterling
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Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes kids' books that appeal to both parents and kids
Shelves: picture-books
At first glance (no, you can't always tell a book by its cover) I thought this would be one of those kids' books that was really written for the parents. The rooster on the cover is obviously the rooster version of Elvis Presley. But the story inside is fun and entertaining for all ages. Marge and Lola, two chickens, want in the worst way to win the barnyard talent show. First prize is tickets to see Elvis Poultry in concert. But what talents do they have? As those cocky ducks tell them, all the ...more
Kim Zarins
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
There are lots of reasons to love this picture book, but the one I'll share is the judicious way Sauer ties up a loose end with cunning purpose. All the animals at the talent show get a score rating…but we don't know what the cows score for their lunar jump until a key moment presents itself. It's funny and smart how Sauer did that! She could have given the chickens a 10, but she found a way that is much more clever and suits the team spirit she later develops in BAWK & ROLL. Fun story, and ...more
It had me at "Elvis Poultry." I liked the humor in the book, as well as the story. I think I'm coming around to being just fine with the illustration style, too. It was probably the humor that is the best. I think the older end of K-5 will get this.

7/1/10 Not too bad for school-age. Some jokes they didn't get. Some they thought a little lame. But I think they enjoyed the story itself, and enthusiastically called out the scores they thought the animals would get. The "talent show" we did in grou
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, picture-books
I didn't except to like this book this much , but I enjoyed as much as my son enjoyed it. And we actually gave the same rating
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
It doesn't pay to make fun of people, as the ducks learn in this story. A talent contest is held to see who will win tickets to see Elvis Poultry live in concert. Two chickens are set on winning, but can't figure out what they should do. The ducks keep telling them to back out as they won each year. The chickens persevere and though they don't win the tickets, they do become backup dancers for the famous Elvis Poultry.

Good for preschool storytimes.
Michelle Peck
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just fun all around!
Amy Forrester
Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Marge and Lola are chickens who adore Elvis Poultry, so when they see a poster for the talent show, grand prize - tickets to Elvis Poultry in concert, they know they have to win. Unfortunately, the ducks always win and they just won’t let anyone forget it. Marge and Lola assess their talents – bowling, flying, swimming, juggling – but they fail at all of them. It’s time for the talent show and Marge and Lola still don’t know what to do! The goats are eating tractors, the pigs are making pyramids ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sauer and Santat portray memorable characters in an entertaining barnyard production starring Marge and Lola, who hang out together where Elvis Poultry is top bird. The two best friend chicks almost lose their cluck when they read the Barnyard Talent Show poster. The grand prize is two tickets to the final multitalented "doodle doo" of the season. Lola and Marge set out to snag the prize, but first they have to test their talents and score higher than the other animals in the barnyard.

What I li
Pop Bop
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Thang yuh, Thang yuh vurry mutch

How can you not like this? Two barnyard chickens have to compete in a talent show with the surfing ducks, who always win, in order to snag tickets to the big Elvis Poultry concert. But what talent can the chicks, Marge and Lola, display? Attempts at bowling, juggling, even flying, are disasters. So they decide to "wing" it.

The text is simple and straightforward. Marge and Lola are very appealing. Santat can really draw a dancing chicken. The dance diagrams on the
Eva Leger
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: julias-books
I saw someone else say that this story had them at "Elvis Poultry" and that is exactly what I was going to say! I haven't read any book - childrens or adults - that has made me laugh like this in quite awhile.
Others have given good enough descriptions so I'll stick to what we thought of the story. Some of the illustrations really just make you laugh right out loud - the chickens face when they're on stage and the duck scares them? Classic. When they're rocking out on the next page? Awesome. Peo
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Tammi Sauer is the author of Cowboy Camp (Sterling, 2005), Chicken Dance (Sterling, 2009), Mostly Monsterly (Paula Wiseman/S&S, 2010), the forthcoming Princess-in-Training (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and something that's currently Top Secret.

Tammi and her family live in Oklahoma with one dog, two geckos, and a tank full of random fish.
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