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The Resource The sky is falling!, Mark Teague

The sky is falling!, Mark Teague

Label
The sky is falling!
Title
The sky is falling!
Statement of responsibility
Mark Teague
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this humorous version of the traditional tale, Chicken Little panics when an acorn falls on her head and sets off a dance frenzy among the other chickens, and while squirrel and the other animals understand what really happened, they soon join in the dancing--because it is fun
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Tone
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 Teague’s retelling of “Chicken Little” does, indeed, star a panicked chicken, but it adds a “trickster tricked” subplot and lots of dancing—break dancing, the mambo, the twist, and even a kick line. It all starts with Fox firing an acorn from a slingshot, scoring a direct shot on Chicken Little’s head. Chicken Little, eyes crossed and feathers ruffled, starts squawking that the sky is falling. Teague’s twist is that panic in the barnyard takes the form of dancing, which is so irresistibly fun that all the animals join in, forming a boisterous conga line. Even Fox, who has salivated in the background with knife and fork, cookbook, and chicken-centric menu, starts dancing. Teague’s paintings make the action luminous, and his outsize animal drawings make it seem as if the reader is watching a puppet show up close. Teague’s The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf ?(2013) is a perfect complement to this wonderfully zany take on an old tale. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 06-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 19, p124)
  • PreS-Gr 2 — The chickens think the sky is falling, so they begin to do all sorts of dances. The other farm animals know that it's just an acorn falling out of a tree, but they join in the dancing, too. When the hungry fox that caused all the commotion (he hit the acorn with a slingshot) sees the others dancing, he accepts the chickens' dance challenge. Teague's squaking chickens are priceless, as is their line dancing, one claw raised and beaks wide open. Cats, rabbits, and squirrels look on in disbelief as the birds contine to do the moonwalk, mambo, and twist. This distraction saves their lives and proves to the other animals that chickens are smart after all. VERDICT A laugh-out-loud version of the classic tale.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada --Tanya Boudreau (Reviewed April 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 4, p136)
  • A lurking fox gets his comeuppance during a barnyard dance party in Teague's absurdity-driven take on "Chicken Little." With visions of chicken dinner on his mind, Fox uses a slingshot to knock an acorn from a tree, causing it to fall on Chicken Little's head. She immediately sounds the familiar warning that the sky is falling, but instead of running away, she busts a move and encourages her friends to join her. After watching the animals moonwalk, mambo, and form a boisterous conga line, Fox tries to lure the revelers to his den, "the perfect place to hide" from a falling sky. Instead, the chickens taunt Fox into cutting a rug with them ("He did the limbo, the lindy, and the lambada") until an apple falls onto his head—thanks to Chicken Little. Readers may be just as perplexed as Fox is about why the chickens respond to theoretical doom with dance numbers, but Teague's comically detailed images of a waltzing cat and rabbit, as well as the chickens wing-to-wing in a Rockettes-style kick line, will conjure lots of laughs. Ages 3–5. (June) --Staff (Reviewed May 11, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 19, p)
  • The age-old "Chicken Little" story, but with a change-up.An acorn falls on Chicken Little's head in the barnyard, and, as in the iconic original, she cries, "The sky is falling!" Squirrel points out that it's just an acorn, but soon all the chickens in the farm are flapping their wings, taking up the cry. Squirrel, Rabbit, and Cat can't believe how dumb the chickens are, but then they notice that the chickens are actually dancing, not running around in a panic as they first supposed. It looks like fun, and soon everyone joins in, except Fox, who is baffled that his plan isn't working (since it was he who lobbed the acorn in the first place in an attempt to lure panicked chickens to his den). The message—celebrate surprising experiences instead of panicking—is an apt and worthwhile one. But where the book bogs down is an occasional too-self-conscious cleverness ("Soon, all the chickens were in a tizzy. Chickens are like that") and the disconnect between Teague's carefully rendered illustrative style and the lighthearted story. The pages are well-designed, but the scenes often seem more stodgy than lively.Though this twist on the familiar tale is somewhat heavy-handed in both narrative and image, its sense of fun comes through clearly nonetheless. (Picture book. 2-5)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10427058
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/collectionName
Chicken Licken
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Teague, Mark
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.T2193825
LC item number
Sk 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Chickens
  • Animals
  • Dance
  • Chickens
  • Animals
  • Dance
  • Humorous stories
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The sky is falling!, Mark Teague
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
26 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 unpaged volume
Isbn
9780545632171
Lccn
2014031470
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)886672834
Label
The sky is falling!, Mark Teague
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
26 x 29 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 unpaged volume
Isbn
9780545632171
Lccn
2014031470
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)886672834

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