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School Library Journal - 11/01/2016 PreS-Gr 2—Everyone looks forward to the storytime program at the public library. One week, a chicken comes in through the window and joins the entourage of children as they gather around the librarian to hear a story, and a good time is had by all. The next week, a larger crowd of children attend, along with a whole flock of chickens. The session is a bit hectic but is nonetheless a big hit. The following week, there are so many children, and so many chickens, that the beleaguered librarian can't be heard over the din, even with a bullhorn. How can they possibly conduct a storytime? Suddenly, a solution occurs to her—she hands out "shelves and shelves of stories" to the children, and they spread out all over the building, each conducting mini-storytimes, reading to the chickens. The vibrant cartoon art captures the suburban library setting with a mix of full-bleed spreads, sequential panels, and increasingly busy (and noisy) scenes. The simple, large-font, cumulative text reinforces several recurring elements (children, chickens, stories) and features the refrain, "Everyone loves storytime." With this engaging, bibliocentric answer to the proverbial question of why the chicken crossed the road, librarians and teachers can introduce the idea of library programming in a lively and humorous way. VERDICT Children will flock to hear this raucous read-aloud.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/15/2016 It’s a summer storytime at the library: “One librarian. One story. Children. And a chicken.” The chicken climbs in through the window, sits with the kids, and listens quietly, so all is well. The following week, more children and more chickens join the fun. But the next week, even more children and many more chickens show up. Between the clucking, the fooling around, and the book-cart racing, it’s pandemonium until the librarian deputizes the kids, settling each one down with a book to read and a little cluster of chickens to listen to the story. Wasting no words on description and embellishment, Asher tells this amusing tale with straightforward phrases in a deadpan tone, leaving plenty of room for visual humor in the artwork. Fearing’s expressive, cartoon-style illustrations begin with orderly calm, rise to a chaotic crescendo, and quiet down again at the end. Along the way, there are plenty of amusing details for observant viewers to enjoy. A pleasure for reading aloud, with or without chickens. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.