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Interrupting Chicken

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4.21  ·  Rating details ·  16,090 ratings  ·  1,415 reviews
Awarded a 2011 Caldecott Honor!

A favorite joke inspires this charming tale, in which a little chicken’s habit of interrupting bedtime stories is gleefully turned on its head.

It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story —and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is HANSEL AND GRETEL or LITTLE RED RIDING HO
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 10th 2010 by Candlewick Press
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This story is cute and it reminds me of the nephew. A father is trying to read the little Hen a bedtime story, which is something I do too, and the little Hen keeps interrupting the story because she knows it. Both, the nephew and the niece, but mostly the nephew have this issue. If it’s a good story, they get involved and they have to interrupt the story to ask a question or make a comment. Unless it’s a slow biography story that bores them to sleep, but still, a question will creep up.

The fat
Nov 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture

Aww, Little Chicken wants to save the characters in her books from their own stupidity!
I sympathize.
Dave Schaafsma
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
A 2011 Caldecott Honor book that I read primarily because I saw it on Calista's site, though she gave it only 3 stars, and then confirmed that it would be the kind of title Melki would read (and it is; I look to Melki for the best--oddest, most startling, funniest--titles, when I need that kind of fix.

I like surprising picture books and this kinda was; a chicken Dad (ok, rooster), is trying to get his kid (ok, chicken, though not to say chick) to go to sleep, reading to him book after book which
Colby Sharp
Sep 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, character
Loved this book. I thought it would be fun to try and do something funny (it never works when I try to be funny) for this revi-Out jumped a little red chicken, and she said, "Get off Goodreads and grade some math papers."

Little red chicken is probably right, but grading/planning math is never as much fun as checking twitter and goodre-Out jumped a little red chicken, and she said, "Dude, you really need to vacuum the floors. Seriously get off the computer."

Wow, not sure if this review is working
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My kids are entertained by this book no matter how many times we read it and I can understand why! Stein has created a clever way to make you love this cute little interrupting chicken and his Papa at bedtime.
Children that get bedtime stories read to them can totally relate to Chicken. I know I’ve been in Papa’s seat a good many times.
And what better stories to be reading than fairy tales! So much fun to think about all of those other stories within and even more fun when they’re interrupted!
Sarah BT
Mar 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a cute little story, but I had a couple of problems with it. Interrupting Chicken was a Caldecott Honor Book this year so I think I was expecting some amazing artwork. And while the illustrations are good, they didn't really stand out to me and say "yes, this is a Caldecott Honor!" I did like the varying illustrations to alternate between little chicken and her father and the storybooks they're reading. And the author/illusrator does a good job of expressing emotions in Papa chicken's ey ...more
When animals appear on a book cover, you can predict a lot about the book. If there's a dog on the cover, get the tissue. If a chicken's on the cover, you know the book is funny. I am not sure why we find chickens so amusing, but Interrupting Chicken will make you laugh and remind you of how funny children can be, too. ...more
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I've met this chicken, I've tried to read to this chicken, and yep it went about the same for me. ...more
4.5 out of 5
I simply loved the story, the illustrations, the COLORS. However, I cannot get over the fact that the chicken that clearly looks like a little rooster is actually a SHE! Sorry, but hens don't have tails like that!
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Little Red Chicken keeps interrupting his father's bedtime stories by shouting out warnings to the fictional characters. I'm pretty sure this he's the kid who was sitting behind me at the movies a few nights ago. ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3* art
3* story

A little young for Squirt, but I had to read it to him because he is the Master Of Interrupting. He thought the chicken was funny, but he didn't get the joke on him at all.
Katie Fitzgerald
In Interrupting Chicken, the 2011 Caldecott Honor book by David Ezra Stein, a chicken and her Papa sit down to read a series of classic fairy tales before it's time to go sleep. Chicken promises not to interrupt the stories, but then proceeds to do so time and again, unable to help herself. When she finally settles down, Papa reverses the roles by falling asleep and interrupting the last story with his snoring.

When I was reading this, I focused mostly on the art, since that's what won the award,
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Little Red Chicken has trouble hearing a whole bedtime story without interrupting her Papa Chicken right at the good part. When he gives up and allows her to tell the story, guess who ends up interrupting with some snores?
This book would be a fun way to introduce writing concepts for fiction including the importance of conflict and resolution.
The stories her papa uses are familiar to her so Little Red Chicken interrupts at every critical point with her own resolution designed to prevent any str
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fairy-tales
Am I the only one who thinks that Interrupting chicken needs clear and consistent consequences? Lol! Just saying...
Kit Pang
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The chicken should have been a boy!
Stephanie Calhoun
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fantastic book to use when teaching students about classroom discussion etiquette.
Tamar...light at the end of the tunnel?
Big disappointment for me....Maybe if I had heard Peter Falk read the story and watch the fairytale unfold on film, I might have been more gracious. I don't think my grandchildren are going to love this, but I'll give it a try once the Corona virus gets under control ...more
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Adorable. Reminds me of me !! I probably enjoyed it more now at age 60 then I would have when I was 5.

As they say, and I really believe, good children's books should entertain adults and if they don't, well...........they probably aren't very good.

Kathryn Dykes
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Plot summary & personal response: Interrupting chicken is a delightful children’s book with playful illustrations, which is simply written but enjoyable for everyone. Little red chicken can't wait to hear bedtime stories from her Papa, but her enthusiasm and excitement interrupt the adventurous tales of Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, & Chicken Little, as the characters find themselves drawing near to trouble. Little red chicken quickly jumps into the stories to save the day, leaving he ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it
I was told to be on the look out for this book - from several people. It's bedtime and Papa wants to read little red chicken a story. Papa tries three different stories and each time little red chicken cannot help herself - she must jump right in there and participate in the story, i.e. interrupt. For example, while her poor father is in the middle of reading Little Red Riding Hood, little red chicken must interrupt the story with a big ole "Don't talk to strangers!" aimed right at Little Red Ri ...more
Very fun. A perfect one to try in storytime. I enjoyed the pictures. Lots of possibilities for voices in this. Perfect choice for a PJ storytime because of the going to bed aspect. Fabulous for a lap-read at night or even before a nap.

10/8/14 I had a ton of fun reading this. They seemed to be into it and liked when the chicken interrupted. Adults liked it, too. Because I had a younger crowd, I decided to do a quick summary of each original tale so they could remember how it was supposed to go a
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here is the story of a little chicken who is so enthusiastic about bedtime stories they hardly lull her to sleep. Her father is happy to read her stories but asks her to please remember not to interrupt and to try to fall asleep. But when familiar stories (Hansel and Gretel, Red Riding Hood and Little Red Hen) are read, the little chicken can't help bursting into the story with a quicker and happier solution to the problems at hand. What will happen when an exasperated and very tired father trie ...more
Amy Layton
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picturebooks
This book is SO fun and absolutely perfect for a bedtime story.  It's a book within a book--the "inner" book being the one Chicken's father is reading to him, but even the characters within that inner book react whenever Chicken interrupts!  I love the art style and how metafictive it is (I'm always a sucker for metafiction).  It's just so funny and sweet at the end, and it's certainly a great pick for children--especially those who like to interrupt!

Review cross-listed here!
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A 2011 Caldecott Award honor book. Papa can never finish reading a story to Chicken, because she keeps interrupting and finishing the story for him. What is he to do? I'm sure there are parents out there with this same problem. This is a good book to teach kids the meaning of "interruption". I didn't care for the artwork much, which is why I gave it 3 instead of 4 stars. We read it to the pre-schoolers in our last storytime, and they loved it. Recommended. ...more
Jan 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Papa chicken tries to read his daughter a succession of bedtime fairy tales, but the little chicken keeps interrupting to fix the characters' mistakes, give them an immediate happy ending, and drastically shorten the story. Finally Papa asks the little red chicken to tell him a story . . . and he finds it rather soporific.

I liked the story and how engaging it was when read out loud. This is a great time to use your voices. I didn't love the illustrations; they're just not to my taste.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is hilarious. I think it makes for a very fun read aloud. Little chicken is a hoot. The author did a great job illustrating the story especially with the illustrated book excerpts. This book literally made me laugh out loud.
Ms. B
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture, honor, 2011
Very funny - I look forward to seeing more books by David Ezra Stein in the future!
A knowledge of Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Chicken Little will make this even more enjoyable.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We all want our students (and children) to be just like the interrupting chicken! Totally into the book, discussing the story, and even making up their own. Great book!!!
Great fun--I love the little red chicken's expressions, and also her sense of injustice! Fun for a school aged story time about chickens, bedtime, or stories. ...more
Joshua Arvey
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Interrupting Chicken
Author/Illustrator: David Ezra Stein
Genre: Fantasy
Themes: Fantasy, Picture Book, Caldecott Award

Plot Summery: Interrupting Chicken is about a little chicken that is getting ready for bed. As her Papa is about to put her to bed she reminds him that he has to ready a story to her. As the title gives it away Papa Chicken asks Little Chicken if she will interrupt him during the story and she graciously says she won’t. Only come to find out that when Papa is reading the fir
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David Ezra Stein is an author-illustrator whose previous books include LEAVES, winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. He lives in Kew Gardens, New York.

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