Book Review: Interrupting Chicken

Author: David Ezra Stein
Interest Level: Ages 4-8

From the Book Jacket: It's bedtime for the little red chicken, and Papa is going to read her a story. "You're not going to interrupt the story tonight, are you?" asks Papa. "Oh no, Papa. I'll be good," says the little red chicken. But she just can't help herself! Whether it's Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, or Chicken Little, as soon as the story gets going...out jumps the little red chicken - right into the story - saving the characters from danger and ending the story early. Will that chicken ever get to sleep?

Why It's On My Bookshelf: Okay, I'm going to politely interrupt my schedule of reviews because I cannot contain my excitement over this new find. I was cruising through the bookstore not even planning on going in the children's section, but of course I could not help myself. And boy am I glad I cruised over there! Interrupting Chicken is my new social skills go to for listening, waiting your turn to talk, and learning to raise your hand. It's really difficult to find GOOD books teaching kids to be socially alert of their impulsive need to interrupt. This one is going to be a BLAST to read to kids. There are always going to be students who blurt out their words or decide to have a conversation while you're talking. Most kids interrupt because they haven't had proper guidance on how to be social thinkers. Interrupting Chicken will help students be better listeners and figure out when it's the appropriate time to use their words. It is an obvious addition to my toolbox. Plus it's cute, adorable, and funny.

Here's a cute highlight Video of Interrupting Chicken. 

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  1. Thanks for the video and book suggestion Roxanne.
    Currently in the art class I teach, my students are designing and discussing what the "voice" of words terms of what fonts, colors,and shapes to use etc.. The words I am using are: mysterious, aggressive, delightful, fast-paced and distressed. I'm going to show them the video of "Interrupting Chicken" because I really like how "interruption" is introduced as a "loud quick noise" as the tempo speeds up quite a bit from the calm intro. Great way to give interruption a "voice".

  2. Another gem! Can't wait to check it out and share. Thank you!

  3. It's a fantastic book. I know kids will get a kick out of it while also thinking about their own interruptions. Hey, it's a great reminder for us all! :-) Gosh, knows I love to gab!

  4. This one's already on my fall wishlist for my school library. :) I can't wait to read it to the kiddos!