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|Chicken in the kitchen|
Author: Okorafor, Nnedi
When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a fun-filled adventure where nothing is quite as it seems.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.00
Points: .5 Quiz: 192421
Kirkus Reviews (+) (07/15/17)
School Library Journal (09/01/17)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/01/2017 The multitalented Okorafor takes us deep into a small Nigerian village, where a young girl named Anyaugo is awakened by a loud sound. She follows the noise to her kitchen, where she finds herself face-to-face with a giant red chicken out for a midnight snack. If Anyaugo doesn’t do something, the chicken will eat all the dishes her mother and aunties made for the New Yam Festival. Anyaugo tries to throw flour at the chicken, but it doesn’t move. She then calls for help from the playfully mischievous Wood Wit, a nature spirit that lives inside wood. He instructs her to talk to the chicken, whereupon Anyaugo realizes the chicken is a masquerading spirit who has come to celebrate, which gives her the courage to ask it to leave her home. The big, bold, and sometimes almost three-dimensional illustrations maintain a folk-art feel while still feeling modern. Each page pops with bright oranges and reds to contrast the deep browns. An unusual, but quite gregarious, offering. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 09/01/2017 K-Gr 2—The night before the New Yam Festival, Anyaugo is wakened by a noise and finds a giant chicken in her kitchen. Worried that the chicken will spoil the special food that her mother and aunties prepared for the festival, Anyaugo seeks help from the Wood Wit, a nature spirit who can travel through anything made of wood. The Wood Wit teases Anyaugo a bit, telling her that she must speak to the chicken in Chickenese, '"Say buck buck CLUCK,' the Wood Wit suggested. 'But you have to say it just right!' It burst out laughing, amused with itself." Readers know what Anyaugo doesn't—that the Wood Wit has been there all along, aggravating the chicken out of Anyaugo's sight. The child summons her courage, and faces the chicken with a brave, "Hello!" The chicken smiles and the Wood Wit hums a soft drumbeat. Anyaugo realizes that this is not an ordinary chicken, but a powerful masquerade spirit visiting her ahead of the New Yam Festival. Amini's jewel-toned illustrations are richly textured, providing readers with much detail outside of the text. Sweet Anyaugo's round face perfectly expresses her changing emotions on each page, and her feline companion adorably echoes Anyaugo's feelings. VERDICT A sweet and satisfying story set in Nigeria that may inspire readers to learn more about the New Yam Festival and masquerades. A recommended general purchase for all libraries.—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.