Chicken Dance Paperback – 7 Oct 2015
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
A good fun farmyard tale for the 3-5s. Let's Shake, Rattle and Roll.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book to my little boy as his bedtime story. We both enjoyed the story. He liked the different farmyard animals that were in the talent contest and as we were reading... Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2011 by Ms. Lorraine M. Moore
Intended as a children's book I have to say I am far beyond even my second childhood but thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished on 18 Mar. 2011 by Mrs. P. Clements
Such a cute and funny book! Elvis is in the building !!! really funny. Marge and Lola are trying they very best to impress by 'discovering' talents in themselves, what they not... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2011 by Ty Segurado
This is a nice easy read for kids and the story is fun too. The book tells the story of two chickens - Marge and Lola. Read morePublished on 11 Mar. 2011 by Magdalene
This is a short and sweet tale with a moral behind it. Two chickens want to enter a talent contest, even though they know they have little chance of winning, but they are... Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2011 by Angela Lovelace
Hmmm. Hard to know exactly what ages this is for. A group of sneering ducks challenge Marge and Lola, our chicken heroines, to a talent contest. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2011 by Adam
This book was a bit of a disappointment.
It did not capture my 5 year old's imagination at all. Read more
This edition is a really large size paperback and as much thought has gone into the illustrations as the story. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2010 by debbie8355
Well illustrated book, easy to read and follow, eliciting a laugh and a giggle, with a dance to end on. Enjoyable and good fun.Published on 22 Dec. 2010 by Amazon Customer