Yes, the title is the answer to “You know what?” On the next spread the question is, “You know why?” Forcing the response, “Chicken thigh!” The classic joke series gets a picture-book treatment here, with a small boy pestering his newspaper-reading father, incessantly demanding attention well past the limits of Dad’s patience. When the boy is sent to the corner after getting way too excited, he comes up with a new answer to “You know what?” that doesn’t have anything to do with chickens, but doesn’t lose the butt part either. Each poultry-based answer is splayed across the relevant bit of a cartoonish chicken, emphasizing the child’s exuberant silliness. Adults will easily recognize kids’ habits of taking a joke and running with it ad nauseam, blithely ignorant that they’ve long lost their audience. But, of course, the joker wins out in the end, with a worn-out Dad resignedly sacked out on the couch. More than anything, kids will come away from this boisterous and lighthearted offering with a swell new chicken joke to try out on their parents. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ian Chipman
About the Author
Erica S. Perl is a full-time writer and part-time chicken. She is the author of Ninety-three in My Family (Reuben Award, Book Sense Pick, Slate’s Best Books), which School Library Journal called a comic masterpiece,” and Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early, which received a starred review from Booklist. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C. Visit her at ericaperl.com. Henry Cole grew up on a farm in Virginia with a coop full of mischievous chickens. He now lives in Florida with two peacocks. You can find him online at www.henrycole.net.