Chicken Butt!

Common Sense Media says

Quick, silly story that will get kids laughing.





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Families offended by the word "butt" won't care for this book.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this speedy read might offend parents who don't care for "butt" humor but will get a giggle from families who are comfortable with the joke.

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What's the story?

There's not much to this funny and fast read -- just a boy trying to get his dad to put down his paper to read by being kind of obnoxious. For parents with a high tolerance for kids who get a little crazy, this book might become a favorite read-aloud, but parents should definitely flip through first to see if it's appropriate.

Is it any good?


CHICKEN BUTT! is a cute book that's certainly not destined to be a classic, but it's plenty funny for a rollicking read. It might work even better if parents want to trade lines with their kids or read it aloud in funny voices. Even the font is a little outrageous and will surely encourage kids to shout, "Guess what? CHICKEN BUTT!" Only problem? Parents might be hearing that line long after they've shut the pages of the book!

The illustrations are suitably comic with a wayward chicken bouncing between father and son. Again, nothing too fancy but totally suited to the punny prose.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about ways kids try to distract parents. Are there better ways to get attention? Is this boy's behavior OK by family rules or is it the kind of thing that might really get a parent's goat?

Book details

Author:Erica Perl
Illustrator:Henry Cole
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication date:April 1, 2009
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):9 - 12
Read aloud:9
Read alone:9

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Parent of a 11 and 12 year old Written byMr and Mrs. Williams May 14, 2010

Yeah, They Kick A$$!

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent of a 4 year old Written byrhevasmom October 3, 2010

Guess who? Chicken Tattoo!

My daughter and I love this book! It naturally lends itself to being "read" together, and can provide some great prereading skill building through the "reading" of the text which is repetitive and easy to memorize. The book also provides a great educational opporutnity to explore rhyming words and word families. Plus, it's funny, and just the kind of pestering humor young children seem to favor.
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Parent of a 6 and 9 year old Written byericaperl August 18, 2009

Educational, too? Who knew!

Thanks for reviewing my book, CHICKEN BUTT! I just wanted to point out that it is a fun choice for kids who are learning about rhyming (3-6 year olds). While reading aloud, you can pause (as in "You know who?" "Who?"...) and before you turn the page ask the child or children to predict the rhyme. Kids love inventing their own variations... Chicken SHOE! Chicken STEW! Chicken BOO-HOO! and this book provides lots of opportunities to have fun playing with words.
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