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Chicken in the Kitchen Hardcover – January 25, 2005
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–This fast-paced rhyming story chronicles the escapades of a hen as she scrambles around the kitchen searching frantically for a spot to hatch her eggs. A compassionate dog dissembles a broom, giving her some straw for her nest. To the pup's delight, his thoroughly messed-up kitchen quickly fills with a throng of newly hatched chicks. Written in a swinging slang style, the story incorporates some unfamiliar vocabulary that, presented in its rhyming format, children will find interesting. " 'She's a quick 'un. She's a slick 'un.'" Cartoon illustrations, rendered in pencil and watercolor, are filled with lots of action and detail that will bring smiles to little faces. Pages are large, and the pictures fill the space right up to the edges. For children to appreciate the unusual dialect, this book is best read aloud.–Corrina Austin, Locke's Public School, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
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PreS. "There's a chicken in the kitchen / and she's pokin' like the dickens / at the oven and the bread box / just a peckin' and a pickin'." In this picture-book poem, the resident chef, an aproned dog, watches in bewilderment as a hen scurries around the kitchen. It's not food the chicken wants; she refuses everything the dog offers. It eventually becomes clear what she is searching for: a nest. The dog helps provide the sticks, a nest is assembled, and the chicken settles down until, finally, there's a "kitchen full of chickens!" With the exception of a few phrases that feel a little convoluted ("While my sweeper is a swishin' / dawns the plan for which I'm wishin'"), the folksy language is appealing, and even if children don't immediately hear the sense in every line, they'll respond to the chanting beat of the words and to the glorious, cheerful chaos envisioned in Taylor's detailed pencil-and-watercolor illustrations. Gillian Engberg
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The text has a strong colloquial flair and is best read aloud to get the full cadence and effect. Most obvious is the dropping of the "g"s on most words (flicken', snackin', scratchin', etc.) which may make it difficult for beginning readers, but certainly would not affect anyone listening to the story.
The ending is adorable - with baby chicks all over that make dogs heart quicken. Sweet.