Written and Illustrated by David Ezra Stein
It is SOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE! I do not have children. I have one 5 year old nephew, and one newborn nephew. Both live in other states. I want to scoop them up and read this to them. Well, to the five year old. It may be a *bit* advanced for the tiny baby.
The idea is that Papa Chicken is reading classic stories to Little Red Chicken so that she’ll fall asleep. This is not the first time Little Red Chicken has heard these stories. In fact, she knows them by heart – but that doesn’t mean she likes how they end.
Little Red Chicken wants to rescue Hansel and Gretel from the evil witch. She wants to tell Chicken Little the sky isn’t actually falling.
I love how Stein injects Little Red Chicken into the classic tales. Here’s an example, where she jumps into the pages. The story-in-a-story characters are shocked to see this colorful chicken invading their lives.
I confess – I yell at the television. “No, don’t do that! What are you doing? That’s no good!” Like somehow the characters can hear me and will respond. I identified with Little Red Chicken, and I suspect I may not be the only one.
Oh, and did I mention that this is a 2011 Caldecott Honor book? Congrats David!