Chicken Story Time – written by Sandy Asher, illustrated by Mark Fearing

511wfgjp2xl Chicken Story Time – written by Sandy Asher, illustrated by Mark Fearing, Dial Books and Young Readers, 9780803739444, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review4

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? We’ve had dinosaurs and dragons and lions in the library, so why not chickens?  In this latest silly book about libraries and the trials of librarians, chickens begin to join in for storytime.  The librarian doesn’t mind (at first) as everyone listens and enjoys the story.  But quiet quickly becomes chaos when too many feathered foul join them!  This brightly illustrated picture book is accompanied by sparse, repeating text that will appeal to young readers and give them a giggle.  The creative solution also demonstrates just how great (and flexible!) a library can be for its patrons whether they are children or chickens.

Anything you didn’t like about it? The diversity of the children is very lacking.  A big chance for representation was missed here, especially in large group illustrations, given the theme of inclusion of this book.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommended for young readers (pre-K to K)!  Pre-readers will easily be able to decode the story from illustration.  Budding readers will enjoy the escalation of the book and words.  The conclusion would make this a fantastic book to support a lesson on creative problem solving.  Try pairing with “Whale in My Swimming Pool” by Wan for another silly story with compromise.

Who should buy this book? Childrens’ library collections (public and school)

Where would you shelve it ? Picture book collection

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No.  But consider it for a short storytime of your own!

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Melissa McCleary, Pembroke Public Library, Pembroke, MA

Date of reviewDecember 3, 2016

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