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Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise: Interrupting Chicken, Book 2

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Playfulness makes silly sequel as hilarious as original.

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This fun story promotes reading, references classic tales, and depicts a loving dad and daughter, while featuring an exuberantly creative chicken and a silly blue elephant -- what's not to like? Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise is a sequel that's every bit as fun as its original. Kids will love revisiting the familiar classic tales, then seeing how Chicken upends each one by inserting an elephant at a critical juncture. And of course, in each, her elephant of surprise is the element of surprise.

David Ezra Stein's art is detailed and colorful, underscoring the warm family relationship. The happy, book-lined home is complete with comfy reading chair and bright, bloomy upholstery roses. The pages on which Papa reads snippets of fairy tales are muted and affect a classic look. By contrast, the elephant who interrupts those stories is bright blue, and dressed in hilarious costumes. (Gotta love the coconut shells that riff on the the Little Mermaid's seashells.) Readers will be charmed and swept along by Chicken's spirited story doctoring, just as Papa is.

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