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  1 Chicken Story Time
Author: Asher, Sandy Illustrator: Fearing, Mark
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Class: Easy
Age: 3-6
Language: English
Descriptors: Picture Book
Demand: Average
LC: PZ7.A816
Grade: P-1

Print Run: 15000
ISBN-13: 9780803739444
LCCN: 2014048400
Imprint: Dial Press
Pub Date: 12/13/2016
Availability: Available
List: $17.99
Physical Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm H 9.31", W 11.31", D 0.36", 0.925 lbs.
LC Series:
Brodart Sources: Brodart's For Youth Interest Titles
Brodart's For Youth Interest: Popular
Brodart's Insight Catalog: Children
Brodart's TOP Juvenile Titles
Awards: CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards for Early Literacy, Winners/Finalists
Horn Book Guide Titles, Rated 1 - 4
School Library Journal Popular Picks
Starred Reviews:
TIPS Subjects: Library Science
Pets/Domestic Animals
Humorous Fiction
BISAC Subjects: JUVENILE FICTION / Books & Libraries
JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Farm Animals
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
LC Subjects: Books and reading, Fiction
Books and reading, Juvenile fiction
Chickens, Fiction
Chickens, Juvenile fiction
Humorous fiction
Humorous stories
Librarians, Fiction
Librarians, Juvenile fiction
SEARS Subjects: Chickens, Fiction
Reading Programs: Lexile Level: 230
Brodart's TOP Juvenile Titles | 12/01/2016
Publisher Annotation: A wonderfully silly take on library story time that's perfect for children, chickens, and everyone in between Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to story time at the library, of course! The children like the chicken, the chicken likes the children, and everyone loves story time. So it's no surprise that more children (and more chickens!) get in on the fun until there are more kids and critters than the librarian knows what to do with. Luckily, she comes up with a creative solution and manages to find little R & R for herself. Fans of Bats in the Library and Library Lion will fall in love and story time will never be the same! 40pp., Ill.
Journal Reviews
Booklist | 11/15/2016
Preschool-Grade 1. It's a summer storytime at the library: "One librarian. One story. Children. And a chicken." The chicken climbs in through the window, sits with the kids, and listens quietly, so all is well. The following week, more children and more chickens join the fun. But the next week, even more children and many more chickens show up. Between the clucking, the fooling around, and the book-cart racing, it's pandemonium until the librarian deputizes the kids, settling each one down with a book to read and a little cluster of chickens to listen to the story. Wasting no words on description and embellishment, Asher tells this amusing tale with straightforward phrases in a deadpan tone, leaving plenty of room for visual humor in the artwork. Fearing's expressive, cartoon-style illustrations begin with orderly calm, rise to a chaotic crescendo, and quiet down again at the end. Along the way, there are plenty of amusing details for observant viewers to enjoy. A pleasure for reading aloud, with or without chickens. Phelan, Carolyn. 40p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2016.
Horn Book Guide | 05/01/2017
3. Chickens attend a library's storytime in increasing numbers, causing chaos until the librarian finds a solution that works for everyone. Repetition and absurdity in the simple sentences should add mirth to group read-alouds; Fearing's cartoonish illustrations, packed with clever story-expanding details, reward attentive viewers with plenty of chicken and child antics. sf. 40pg. THE HORN BOOK, c2017.
Kirkus Reviews | 09/01/2016
One chicken at storytime might be fun, but more than one...."Story time at the library. // One librarian. One story. Children. / And a chicken. // The children like the chicken. The chicken likes the children. / 'Let's begin,' says the librarian. Everyone loves story time." The next week, though there is still just one librarian (a white woman with huge, round glasses) and one story, there are both more children and more chickens (both diverse in color and race/breed). The crowd is a bit unruly, but the librarian gets them seated, and everyone has a wonderful time. The next week, however, there are many children and flocks of chickens. The librarian can't be heard over the clucking din and the laughter. Then she has a brilliant idea: have each child read a different story to several chickens...and everyone loves storytime again (including the librarian, who gets to put her feet up and have tea). Asher's not-quite-cumulative tale of a poultry invasion of the public library told in simple declarative sentences will have little listeners wishing for more farm fowl at their libraries. Fearing's part-traditional, part-digital illustrations are a mix of full- and double-page spreads and comics-style panels (some without words) that assist in the telling of the tale. Chicken shenanigans (they pop out of the book drop, use computers, and balance books on their heads) as well as their expressions add to the mayhem and enjoyment. This book may make free-range storytimes de rigueur. (Picture book. 3-7). 40pg. KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2016.
Publishers Weekly | 10/10/2016
Ages 3-5. Children will know that they are in for some poultry-themed hijinks from the first page of this off-kilter story, as a chicken spots a poster for "story time at the library." As kids stream into the library, the chicken gives readers a knowing glance--she's ready to make her move. She's friendly ("The children like the chicken. The chicken likes the children"), well-behaved, and attentive, so the librarian is chill about it (after all, "everyone loves story time"). But as chickens and kids show up in ever-larger numbers (one chicken even slips in through the book return slot), crowd control becomes difficult and proper library behavior goes out the window. What's a librarian to do? Asher's (Here Comes Gosling!) poker-faced, repeating text ("One library. One story. Many children. Many chickens") offers the perfect setup for Fearing's wonderfully silly and well-choreographed cartooning, which proves that children and chickens are equally skilled at creating chaos. And the resolution points to another advantage of becoming a reader: you can lead a cross-species story time yourself. Illustrator's agent: Sean McCarthy, Sean McCarthy Literary. (Dec.). 40p. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, c2016.
School Library Journal | 11/01/2016
PreS-Gr 2. POP--Everyone looks forward to the storytime program at the public library. One week, a chicken comes in through the window and joins the entourage of children as they gather around the librarian to hear a story, and a good time is had by all. The next week, a larger crowd of children attend, along with a whole flock of chickens. The session is a bit hectic but is nonetheless a big hit. The following week, there are so many children, and so many chickens, that the beleaguered librarian can't be heard over the din, even with a bullhorn. How can they possibly conduct a storytime? Suddenly, a solution occurs to her--she hands out "shelves and shelves of stories" to the children, and they spread out all over the building, each conducting mini-storytimes, reading to the chickens. The vibrant cartoon art captures the suburban library setting with a mix of full-bleed spreads, sequential panels, and increasingly busy (and noisy) scenes. The simple, large-font, cumulative text reinforces several recurring elements (children, chickens, stories) and features the refrain, "Everyone loves storytime." With this engaging, bibliocentric answer to the proverbial question of why the chicken crossed the road, librarians and teachers can introduce the idea of library programming in a lively and humorous way. VERDICT Children will flock to hear this raucous read-aloud. Luann Toth, School Library Journal. 40p. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2016.