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Product details

  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; New edition edition (7 Oct. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454914777
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454914778
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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The zippy narrative features punchy dialogue and witty interactions; creative wordplay abounds (Let's bawk and roll!). Droll delivery soars high, advancing the story line to its playful conclusion. Santat's rich ink-and-acrylic designs provide a humorous context through animated expressions... Utilizing shadow and depth, warm colors provide the backgrounds for the energetic antics. Fly the coop to enjoy this hilarious adventure. --Kirkus Reviews

With snappy banter...and tightly constructed storytelling, Sauer (Cowboy Camp) pulls off the neat trick of both embracing and spoofing the against-all-odds genre. Totally in sync with his collaborator, Santat's... sculptural, mixed media pictures exude an old-fashioned, theatrical drama that lifts the many jokes visual and textual into sublime silliness. --Publishers Weekly

Children and adults will find themselves rooting for the chickens, especially after they try so hard to find a talent but really they just needed to be themselves. --The Book Worm Baby

About the Author

Tammi Sauer is the author of the bestselling Cowboy Camp (9781454913894). She's an active blogger (tammisauer.com) and is highly involved in the children's writer community. Tammi has worked as a teacher and library media specialist and lives with her husband and their two children. Dan Santat is the author and illustrator of Sidekicks and The Guild of Geniuses (Arthur A Levine Books), which was a Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Selection and won the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators Bronze Medal for Book Illustration. He won the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World), written by Mac Barnett (Disney-Hyperion). In addition, Dan illustrated Rhea Perlman's Otto Undercover series (Katherine Tegan Books/HarperCollins) and The Secret Life of Walter Kitty, written by Barbara Jean Hicks (Knopf Books for Young Readers). He is also the creator of the Disney animated hit The Replacements. Find out more at dantat.com.

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How can you not like this? Two barnyard chickens have to compete in a talent show with the surfing ducks, who always win, in order to snag tickets to the big Elvis Poultry concert. But what talent can the chicks, Marge and Lola, display? Attempts at bowling, juggling, even flying, are disasters. So they decide to "wing" it.

The text is simple and straightforward. Marge and Lola are very appealing. Santat can really draw a dancing chicken. The dance diagrams on the endpapers just beg a kid to get on his feet and boogie. This is a fun read-with that a kid could happily read alone after a few run throughs. The pages are big and fully illustrated with bold, enticing colors. There's enough detail to get across what's going on without being too busy, and a few little jokes tucked around the edges to reward repeated readings.

(For parents - look over the song title list for Elvis Poultry's latest album; It's on the back cover.) Rock on, indeed.

Please note that I picked up a free copy of this book at the 2015 ALA Convention. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2010
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I couldn't resist ordering this book, and I am glad I did. Ideal for you to read to little children, and then for them to read when they sart to learn how, this should also raise a chuckle from adults as well.

Marge and Lola, two chickens, want to win tickets to go and see the legendary Elvis Poultrey in concert. All they have to do is enter the local talent contest; but there is a problem. Chickens haven't really got any talent, but will our intrepid duo be able to pull off something truly great to impress the judges, or will the ducks win again for yet another year?

With minimal wording, making it great for children just learning to read, this is beautifully illustrated throughout. Well worth considering if you are looking for something different for the little rugrats.
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By A to Z TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Mar. 2011
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This book certainly makes a change from the usual rhyming fare and cutesy illustrations that make for most books aimed at the under 7's these days - the whole story is about two chickens, Marge and Lola who want to win tickets to see their hero Elvis Poultry sing, via a talent contest. If this sounds a bit crazy, that is because it is, but somewhere amongst rather funky farmyard illustrations and a story that's a little bit "Strictly Ballroom" there's something that appealed to my 4 and a half year old.

Truth be told it's not one of my favourite books to read and I wonder, frankly, if some of the vocabulary and gentle humour don't go right over her head (at one point the chickens say "we'll have to wing it", surely too subtle a pun for the very young), however, though there's no telling why, this book is a winner with my child. The jokes do seem to be aimed more at the adult reading to the child, but somehow, just perhaps because pictures of chickens dancing or trying to tightrope walk are just funny regardless, my little book-lover finds this book fun and enjoys having it read to her.

With a gentle moral message and a happy ending, this book is perfect bedtime reading length - it's not, I suspect, one that we will end up knowing off by heart, or reading over and over, but nonetheless it's an enjoyable and well written tale with memorable characters. Although this book is, when all is said and done, what can only be described as rather weird, it most definitely is a refreshingly different and interesting book, and my child likes it.
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By Katherine TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Mar. 2011
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This book went down very well with my two girls aged 3 and 4. So much so I was asked to read it over and over again with them falling about laughing at the wonderful illustrations of the chickens and their crazy ideas for "talent" that they might be able to display. Nice combination of references for the children (cows jumping over the moon) references for adults "Elvis Poultry was in the building) and just plain silliness, which in our household appeals to everyone (e.g. The goats ate a tractor and scored a seven")
As a fun extra, at the very front and the very back of the book there are chicken footprints showing the step by step directions for a number of dances from the foxtrot to the disco chicken - which has had our family falling over their own feet trying to follow, but adds a nice, unexpected feature to the book.
I enjoyed reading words such as wattle, smirking, crooned, flounced, bumbled and tottered throughout the story which add a bit of bounce to the storytelling when reading it aloud, but for me it was the illustrations that made the book - if the story had a bit more of a final flourish for an ending I would have given it a 5. Very close, but just not quite!
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This is a story with lovely pictures of foolish chickens looking for their special talent and being really very hopeless. My son smiles at their bowling mishap, their juggling disaster and their inadequate tightrope walking. Despite their special bathing suits, their swimming is no better than their flying. How can they ever win the barnyard talent competition and get their claws on the prize tickets to the Elvis concert when all chickens can really do is bawk, flap and shake. The talent show arrives and brigns a smile to the reader as the chickens decide they'll have to 'wing it' (having still left any special talent undiscovered) while the goats get a seven for eating a tractor and the cows jump over the moon (surely that's passe!?). Can the chickens with their bawk flap and shaking outperform the ducks' surfing spectacular? But there's a twist in the tale as Elvis Poultry appreciates a chicken that's "All Shook Up", and I loved the additional footstep instructions for the chicken foxtrot.
A good fun farmyard tale for the 3-5s. Let's Shake, Rattle and Roll.....
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