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Henny-Penny Hardcover – April 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439078172
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439078177
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 10.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,193,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

Panicky Henny-Penny and her fine fearful feathered friends are all in a dither. The sky is falling and they must tell the king! In this hilarious, pun-packed adaptation of the classic tale, Jane Wattenberg updates the text with rockin' rollin' rhythm and hip-hoppin' panache: "'What's buzzin', cousins?' breezed Ducky-Lucky and Drake-Cake." "'Why the scowl, fowl?' gobbled Turkey-Lurkey." "'What's clickin', chicken?' pauwk, pauwked Cocky-Locky." Foxy-Loxy, that cunning cad, that greedy grunge, that skanky prankster, leads the flighty flock straight into his evil lunch room, and that's the end of that for all except Henny-Penny, who squawks: "Chicka-chicka-bunga! I forgot to lay my egg today!" and runs lickety-split home again.

Wattenberg's fantastic photo-compositions feature her very own friendly fowls, as well as some clever non sequiturs of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Stonehenge, and the Egyptian pyramids, among other international landmarks. She is the creator of the bestselling board books Mrs. Mustard's Baby Faces and Mrs. Mustard's Beastly Babies. We can only hope her future plans for picture books don't run a-fowl, because this one is farm-fresh. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

From School Library Journal

Grade 2-5-This is a hip, updated version of the old folktale. The colorful photo-collage art places Henny-Penny in locations around the world from Stonehenge to the Egyptian pyramids to the Taj Mahal as she leads her friends to seek the king. The expressive language, the design, the typeface, and the artwork all enhance the frantic pace and modern mood of the story. "'SHAKE, RATTLE, AND ROLL! THE SKY IS FALLING! IT'S COMING ON DOWN! Henny-Penny saw it and heard it and it SMACKED her on her fine red comb." The barn fowl in the photos always appear to be a bit puzzled while their physical attitudes show them strutting, pondering, and consulting maps. The fox couldn't appear wilier as he lures the group to his den, which has a welcome mat at the entrance. While her friends are being devoured in "FOXY-LOXY's LUNCH ROOM"-complete with take-out signage-the flaky hen, hearing Cocky-Locky's crow, remembers "CHICKA-CHICKA-BUNGA! I FORGOT TO LAY MY EGG TODAY!" and runs home, unharmed. This book is a hoot! It has surefire appeal, especially to reluctant readers. At the same time, the clever and sophisticated presentation will appeal to more advanced readers.
Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Jane Wattenberg is the San Francisco author/illustrator of many eye-popping photocollage books for children. AKA Mrs. Mustard, she is the author of the best-selling accordion-style baby board books, MRS. MUSTARD's BABY FACES and MRS. MUSTARD's BEASTLY BABIES. She is also the author and photo-illustrator of the award winning HENNY-PENNY and the wild re-telling of Aesop's fable,The Boy who Cried Wolf, now transformed into the howling tale, NEVER CRY WOOF!
Jane and Edward Lear collaborated on the lyrically photo-illustrated version of THE DUCK AND THE KANGAROO, a roo-mantic story of an unusual friendship and a leaping trip around the world.
Jane lives on a mini-farm in the middle of San Francisco with her husband, and their goats, bees, chickens and ducks.

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This is one of those children's books which adults will love to read at least as much as kids.
David
Jane Wattenberg's updated retelling of Henny Penny is full of rhyme, rhythm and very hip, very colorful language.
Roz Levine
I was surprised by this because so many books today have been 'sanitized' for kids, but it didn't bother me.
Lauren Shreve

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
When I first saw this book, I thought, "Oh, no!", another classic has been ruined! Our pandering to the young with short attention spans continues. I had to change my opinion when I actually took the tour through Jane Wattenberg's book. It is a tour, as our friend from days past sets out on her mission to let everyone know...well, you know! Using photos of real animals was a stroke of genius, it made the book much more humorous and real at the same time. The colors are brighter than in the retellings of classics by Jon Scieska and Lane Smith, the closest books I can think of related to this one in genre and style. This brightness and the smart, sly humor make the book a lot of fun. The busy look of the book becomes integral to the story--everything is there for a reason. My favorite page is the one which has the road signs to help Hen find the king--there are visual puns on every variation of "king" you can think of. I read aloud to classes and decided not to read this to my kindergarten and first graders. There are too many references to events, people and cultural knowledge that they would not understand. Of course, on seeing the book my first thought was that this younger age was the target audience. However, reading it to third graders was a blast! They got enough of the references to find it hilarious and love it! They want to look at it more, because it takes time to find all the fun things. An added bonus is that adults really laugh--a nice break for a teacher in the middle of a school day! I highly recommend this book for older elementary age students and the adults in their lives.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roz Levine on May 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Jane Wattenberg's updated retelling of Henny Penny is full of rhyme, rhythm and very hip, very colorful language. My five year old can't get enough of this book. The photo illustrations are terrific with some silly surprises thrown in that all children will love to find and figure out. This is one fast paced, action packed, amazing book. Your family will love it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chris Loh on April 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My child is at that age where she loves music and anything with a rhythm. I remember when I was a child and was told this story; well the tale of the sky falling returns with a new twist. My child spends hours just rapping out the catchy lyrics in this remake of a classic story that all children are guaranteed to like. If you have a child within the ages of 6-15, i would recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E Spicer on September 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
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If you only buy one version of Henny-Penny, this is the one to have. If you have other versions of Henny-Penny, get this one and use the others for beach fires or scrap paper--THIS ONE IS THE DIVA! Fabulous photography is mentioned in other reviews and they speak truth. The photo art is superb, witty, charming..., but what I love is the language. Get out the voices and get ready to play! This book rocks! It begs to be read aloud, a perfect picture book for even very old children like me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on April 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I love this cool new version of Henny Penny! The photo-montages are amazing and the text is fun and hip! This is one of those children's books which adults will love to read at least as much as kids.
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