I have a confession to make. I have yet to read the first book in the Interrupting Chicken series (Amazon | Book Depository), the first book having won the Caldecott Honor award back in 2011 and which I have even posted about here. But that did not stop me from reading the sequel, because my reading will not be interrupted – no ma’am.
Interrupting Chicken And The Elephant Of Surprise (Amazon | Book Depository)
Written and Illustrated by David Ezra Stein
Published by Candlewick Press (2018)
ISBN: 0763688428 (ISBN13: 9780763688424) Borrowed from Singapore’s NLB Overdrive. Book photos taken by me.
Little Red Chicken comes home from school, excitedly telling her Papa that the teacher taught them about the elephant of surprise in stories. Her homework is to read books and find it!
Despite Papa Chicken’s detailed explanation about the understandable confusion with the terminologies, Little Red simply wouldn’t be swayed, and was doubly determined to find the elephant – and guess what, she did!
It is rare nowadays to have picturebooks make me laugh uproariously, but this one did – so much so that my husband asked what was going on with me. This is the absolute perfect picturebook to feature for our World In Books theme.
Just seeing Little Red chicken hug the book close to her (see image above), and Papa Chicken read patiently out loud – with a measure of trepidation at actually finding elephants in beloved tales – has made my stone-cold heart melt. How I wish I could get my hands on the first book soon!