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Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

Written & illustrated by David Ezra Stein
Published by Candlewick Press
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It’s homework time for the little red chicken, who has just learned about something every good story should have: an elephant of surprise. Or could it be an element of surprise (as her amused papa explains)? As they dive in to story after story, looking for the part that makes a reader say “Whoa! I didn’t know that was going to happen,” Papa is sure he can convince Chicken he’s right. After all, there are definitely no elephants in “The Ugly Duckling,” “Rapunzel,” or “The Little Mermaid”—or are there? Elephant or element, something unexpected awaits Papa in every story, but a surprise may be in store for the little red chicken as well. Full of the same boisterous charm that made Interrupting Chicken so beloved by readers, this gleeful follow-up is sure to delight fans of stories, surprises, and elephants alike.

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The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.5 / 7.0

This punny sequel to Interrupting Chicken teaches about a story component (the element of surprise) in a delightfully funny way that will make it easy to remember. While as a parent, I don’t love the glorification of interrupting, it’s a funny little book.

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Who Wrote Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

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David Ezra Stein

DAVID EZRA STEIN received a Caldecott Honor for Interrupting Chickenand the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award for Leaves, which was also a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Kirkus Reviews Editor’s Choice and a School Library Journal Best Book. He also wrote and illustrated Tad and Dad, Ol’ Mama Squirrel, Pouch!, The Nice Book and Love, Mouserella

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David Ezra Stein's Book Dedication

To Sam and Hannah: you make every day a surprise

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September 11, 2018
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This book was typeset in Malonia Voigo
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The illustrations were done in watercolor, water-soluable crayon, china marker, pen, opaque white ink, and tea.
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