Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein is positively one of my favorite children’s books. A little chicken needs a bed-time story. Papa Chicken is reluctant to read it because the young chicken is always interrupting.
The little chicken promises he will not interrupt, but Papa barely starts reading, before the little chicken stops the story to help the story’s hero from doing something dangerous or stupid. Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and even Chicken Little end abruptly.
Finally Papa Chicken suggests the little chicken read a story, but this time it’s Papa Chicken who has a problem.
Stein’s illustrations are funny and delightful, turning two chickens into real and loveable characters. The illustrations – stories within a story – mix pictures of the stories being told with drawings of Papa and the little chicken.
Perhaps the best thing about this book is that it is not just fun to read, it is especially fun to read out loud.