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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810983257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810983250
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

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.

More About the Author

Erica S. Perl is an award winning children's book author. Her new middle grade novel, Aces Wild, is a companion to When Life Gives You O.J., which was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers, an Amazon Editors' Best Book of the Month, and a finalist for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Rhode Island Children's Choice Book Award).

Erica is the author of Dotty (illustrated by Julia Denos), which is perfect for back-to-school and has been called "a charmer" (Kirkus Reviews) and "an unadulterated delight" (Publishers Weekly). She is also the author of Chicken Butt! (now available in plush from Merrymakers!), Chicken Butt's Back!, Ninety-three In My Family and Chicken Bedtime is Really Early.

In addition, Erica is the author of the YA novel, Vintage Veronica. Publishers Weekly calls Vintage Veronica "wonderfully fun." Booklist says Erica "masterfully" creates "earthy and real" emotional lives for her characters, building "a romance that's as complicated as it is sweet," and School Library Journal cheers Veronica as "a much needed character in young adult fiction."

When she is not writing, Erica likes to sing, dance, draw, read, and eat stale red licorice. She is great with animals and kids, but terrible with plants. Seriously - ask any plant.

Customer Reviews

They laugh and giggle the whole time.
Croak6
Advice from this grandma, don't read it at naptime as it's hard to to stop the laughter!
Cynthia K Miller
Would buy from them for future purchases.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Sabo on January 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Well, I wasn't even allowed to say the word "butt" when I was growing up, and here it is in a book. Teachers, you know how hard it is to get your students to reread. Well, one of my first graders has read this at least 50 times. He reads it fluently with enormous expression and still laughs when he reads it. It is just plain fun.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By aa-Pam TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Yikes! It absolutely amazes me how themes develop in kidlit. Right now it's butts, rearends, tushies. The first book I read in this group was Ian Blacks "Chicken Cheeks". The artwork by Kevin Hawkes was very nice.

Then there was "Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo" and "The Tushy Book". My gang has not read neither of these two, although we've seen them, and I imagine we'll pick them up at the library at some point.

Which is what I suggest you do with "Chicken Butt!" The reason I don't suggest you run out and buy this book -- despite the fact that my 7 year old son thought it was funny -- is that it's a one trick pony. Yes... the artwork is colorful and cute. And Yes... it made my son laugh, and my daughter (9) smile, BUT it's not the sort of book they are going to read and reread over months. A week yes. But it's got no long term staying power.

The dialog between a boy and his dad starts out like this:

You know what?
What?
Chicken Butt!

You know why?
Why?
Chicken thigh.

They then go on to cover 'how' and 'when', etc. And it ends in a fashion reminiscent to the old knock-knock joke that involves a banana and orange.

Talking Points:::
This is a cute book that has kid-friendly art and a laugh or three. It ought to appeal to preschoolers through 8 year olds.

Though the book is nicely put together I can't recommend it as a purchase.

It's a good read-aloud. Either solo or as group.

Accelerated Reading level = generic "3"

Pam T~
mom and reviewer at BooksForKids-reviews
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia K Miller on January 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was a gift for Christmas for our 3 year old grandson. He had recently said his mom had told him that he could say the words "chicken butt" at home, but not at school. He delighted everyone by saying "chicken butt" constantly last time we visited. So grandpa googled the words "chicken butt" and it popped up with this Amazon book. Needless to say, it was a hit at Christmas. The book is so cute, great illustrations and just overall fun. Advice from this grandma, don't read it at naptime as it's hard to to stop the laughter!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kurt A. Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"You know what?"
"What?"
"Chicken butt!"

Yeah, as you might expect, I have yet to have found a young kid who did NOT think that this was the funniest book they have ever read! It seems like all of the kids in school are doing that "You know what? Chicken butt!"

So, if you want to give your kid a real treat, give this book to him or her - you'll never hear the end of it! (God knows I haven't.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lange on December 6, 2010
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We checked this book out at the Library so often I finally purchased for my then 3 year old son. My son is now almost 5 and still laughs hysterically when I read the book. My 6 year old daughter enjoys the story and laughs at times but not near as much as my son.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Fladd on September 9, 2010
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Our five year-old couldn't stop laughing. He's decided he will learn to read, just so he can perform this book for anyone who will listen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Katy K. Bottorff on April 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to a 6 year-old last week. I believe he is still laughing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A child's enthusiasm and a father's exhaustion blend in a fun read-aloud guide to zany rhymes. Henry Cole provides the winning drawings in this simple story of a child whose whimsical riddles drive his father to distraction - and beyond. Kids will choose the book for its title and enjoy its special brand of humor.
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