Chicken Butt's Back!

K-Gr 2—Fans of Chicken Butt! (Abrams, 2009) are going to love this sequel. Mom, whose face clearly shows she's heard enough, tries to resist any overtures or invitations to engage in butt-talk. She's savvy, but not savvy enough and quickly gets drawn into every word trap laid by her irrepressible son—and by Chicken—as they shop in a grocery store. Homonyms and homophones take center stage as "dear"/"deer," "which"/"witch," and "bare"/"bear" get attention, and Mom falls for the all-time biggest trap by asking, "Who's eating under where?" Kids are going to love the spread of the chicken holding pairs of underwear with bites taken out of them. This is the kind of book that siblings will beg to read to each other, especially since it's set up for two voices; parents may soon look like the mom in the book if they have to read it more than once or twice, but it may take a couple of reads to get the flow of the conversation, which is awkward in places. But not to worry; the humor is still there in Cole's exuberant acrylic and colored pencil illustrations.—Maggie Chase, Boise State University, ID
The potty humor continues in this sequel to Chicken Butt! The protagonist acquiesces to Mom's warning: "No more 'Chicken Butt!' my dear..." However, he grabs the reins and takes off with such homophone hijinks as "Deer Butt" and "Witch Butt." The text (like the boy) sometimes gets ahead of itself, but Cole's exuberant cartoons enhance the silliness.

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