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 Interrupting Chicken, cookies for breakfast (Interrupting Chicken)
 Author: Stein, David Ezra

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2021)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [37] p., col. ill., 22 x 27 cm

 BTSB No: 846986 ISBN: 9781536207781
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Cookies -- Fiction
 Chickens -- Fiction
 Books and reading -- Fiction
 Storytelling -- Fiction
 Father-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
Humorous Fiction
Family Life

Price: $22.58

It's bright and early on a Saturday morning, and the little red chicken wants cookies for breakfast. What better way to persuade Papa than by jarring him awake and gleefully interjecting cookies-and herself!-into every nursery rhyme they read together? Though the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe heartily endorses the little red chicken's plan, Papa has his own idea for a sweet breakfast for his determined daughter.

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Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.20
   Points: .5   Quiz: 514167

   Kirkus Reviews (08/15/21)
   School Library Journal (+) (10/01/21)
   Booklist (10/01/21)

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Booklist - 10/01/2021 It’s Saturday morning in the chicken household, when Papa is abruptly awakened by his little red chick, who announces the arrival of breakfast in bed. That sounds promising, but upon learning that cookies are the only food offered, Papa makes it clear that cookies are suitable for dessert or for snacks, but not for breakfast. Still, he does agree to read a book of nursery rhymes. Strangely, several of the seemingly familiar verses have nontraditional endings, as in “Jack be nimble, / Jack be quick, / Jack—brought me some cookies / When I was sick.” Papa remains adamant on the cookies-for-breakfast issue, but suddenly hungry, he decides to top the red chick’s idea by making cakes for breakfast: pancakes! Pages of the nursery rhyme book are illustrated in delicate hues, contrasting strongly with the richly colorful main illustrations. Full of childlike humor, the second sequel to the Caldecott Honor Book Interrupting Chicken (2010) will please children with its strong characters, their conflicting viewpoints, and their mutual affection. A satisfying choice for reading aloud. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 10/01/2021 PreS-Gr 1—The small red chicken (first spied in Interrupting Chicken) who stars in Stein's book so closely mirrors the behavior of preschoolers that it will be hard for listeners not to nod along in recognition. Papa is awakened early by his young charge, who snuggles in with a book of nursery rhymes and makes the case for the cookies for breakfast in bed. Thus, "C is for cookies," as in Vitamin C, and "Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack—" breaks off to the interrupting chicken's version: "Brought me some cookies when I was sick!" Papa patiently debates, despite exhaustion, why they cannot have cookies for breakfast, or for lunch, but Chicken is adamant and, through drawings and wordplay, gets his way—with pancakes. It's all but impossible to resist these arguments, and story hours may need to include cookies for hungry participants. Comedic timing, characters' faces, and Chicken's persistence are a master class in interruption; Stein doesn't miss a beat. VERDICT Logic-defying retorts aside, this essential addition is a snug and hilarious version of quality time and the worthiness of a good argument.—Kimberly Olson Fakih, School Library Journal - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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