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Title:
Interrupting chicken and the elephant of surprise
Title:
Interrupting chicken and the elephant of surprise
Edition:
First edition.
Publisher Info:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, [2018]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Abstract:
When Little Red Chicken comes home excited about what she learned in school, she explains to Papa that every story has "an elephant of surprise."

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Summary

Summary

Surprise! The little red chicken is back -- and as endearingly silly as ever -- in David Ezra Stein's follow-up to the Caldecott Honor-winning Interrupting Chicken.

It's homework time for the little red chicken, who has just learned about something every good story should have: an elephant of surprise. Or could it be an element of surprise (as her amused papa explains)? As they dive in to story after story, looking for the part that makes a reader say "Whoa! I didn't know that was going to happen," Papa is sure he can convince Chicken he's right. After all, there are definitely no elephants in "The Ugly Duckling," "Rapunzel," or "The Little Mermaid" -- or are there? Elephant or element, something unexpected awaits Papa in every story, but a surprise may be in store for the little red chicken as well. Full of the same boisterous charm that made Interrupting Chicken so beloved by readers, this gleeful follow-up is sure to delight fans of stories, surprises, and elephants alike.


Author Notes

David Ezra Stein is the author-illustrator of many picture books, including Interrupting Chicken , which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, I'm My Own Dog, Ice Boy, and Dinosaur Kisses. He lives with his family in Kew Gardens, New York.


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The precocious Chicken and her papa are back in this sequel to Interrupting Chicken. Chicken has learned at school about the element of surprise in storytelling. She interprets this as the elephant of surprise. When Papa reads classic tales aloud to Chicken, she interrupts to point out the "whoa!" moment. The "whoa!" moment always includes an elephant interjected into the story. Papa decides to tell his own story, without elephants. Despite his efforts, an elephant ends up in his story, too. A mixture of watercolor, crayon, marker, pen, white ink and tea magically come together to create delightfully uncommon illustrations. Vibrant and warm colors bring Chicken and Papa to life. Spreads from the storybooks Papa reads aloud, including text and classic illustrations, immerse readers in the tale. The story page illustrations also include Chicken's artistic additions, drawn onto the page, of an adorable blue elephant complete with chat bubbles. When Papa makes up his own story, Chicken illustrates it for him. These illustrations again depict the story pages with Chicken's childlike drawings in crayon. The prose matches the vibrancy of the illustrations with humorous dialogue between Chicken and her patient Papa. VERDICT Multiple award-winning author and illustrator Stein has created a noteworthy title for library shelves in addition to his already beloved collection of picture books. A terrific choice for one-on-one and small group sharing.-Mindy Hiatt, Salt Lake County Library Services © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

In the eponymous Chicken's post-Caldecott Honor book, she learns something new in school: "Every story has an elephant of surprise." Papa-whose bright red crest and spade-shaped feet match Chicken's-gently explains that it's element, not elephant. To demonstrate, Papa reads "The Ugly Duckling." The storybook open on Papa's lap, Stein's art transforms from the smudgy, warm tones of the cozy reading nook to a pastoral storybook scene rendered in pen and ink. As the Ugly Duckling is about to glimpse his reflection, a page turn introduces a blue elephant wearing wings: "Surprise! I'm an elephant!" The elephant returns in readings of "Rapunzel" (with thick braids) and "The Little Mermaid" (sporting a bikini). A final story-written by Papa and illustrated by Chicken-demonstrates that, despite Papa's best efforts, the "elephant of surprise" is here to stay. Stein masterfully builds suspense with each imbedded story, for a gag that only gets more fun with each reveal. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Chicken returns from school excited about her teacher's statement that every story has an elephant of surprise. Papa explains that the teacher meant an element of surprise . . . the part of the story that makes you say, Whoa! I didn't know that was going to happen.' As he reads her The Ugly Duckling, a page turn brings a plot twist: the previously avian, now pachydermian protagonist calls, SURPRISE! I'M AN ELEPHANT! Similarly, in Rapunzel and The Little Mermaid, the heroines turn into blue, golden-haired elephants. Even Papa's original story concludes, inevitably, with Chicken adding an elephant. Like its Caldecott Honor Book predecessor, The Interrupting Chicken (2010), this picture book portrays an affectionate but determined parent bested by his confident, creative offspring. Created with watercolor, water-soluble crayon, china marker, pen, opaque white ink, and tea, the illustrations capture various parts of the story in different styles. Stein contrasts the richly colored, comfortable scenes at home with the pale, restrained, traditional storybook illustrations, which are in turn jolted by the addition of the colorful, comical Elephant of Surprise and Chicken herself. Following the same basic structure as the original story, this sequel is fresh, funny, and satisfying in its own way. A treat for Interrupting Chicken fans.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2018 Booklist