Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot

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From Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell comes an offbeat, pitch-perfect storybook for beginning readers that will have them in fits of giggles.

“Maybe your foot smells good.  Maybe your foot smells great.  But I will not smell your foot until you say PLEASE.”

Meet Chick and Brain. And their friend Spot. Chick likes to follow the rules. Brain might not be as smart as he looks. And Spot just wants to eat lunch. In a graphic reader loaded with verbal and visual humor, Cece Bell offers a comical primer on good manners gone awry. Simple, silly, and perfectly suited for its audience, this tale of Chick and Brain’s constant misunderstandings and miscommunications proves once again that Cece Bell is a master at meeting kids where they are.---from the publisher

72 pages                                    978-0763679361                             Ages 4-8

Keywords:   humor, friends, friendship, rules, manners, fun, 4 year old, 5 year old, 6 year old, 7 year old, 8 year old

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Once upon a time beginning reader people started off their reading careers by reading about Dick, Jane and Spot.   Times have changed my friends.  Now we're reading about Chick, Brain and Spot.  Highly recommend you keep a close eye on Spot.  Looks like he has big plans.

Chick, a very small bright yellow chicken, is the best of friends with Brain, an odd duck who wears shorts covered in red hearts and no shirt and has a very prominent brain. In chapter one of four chapters, Chick is trying to communicate with Brain. But Brain just doesn't get what Chick is saying and he doesn't understand what Chick expects back from him.

It's slapstick conversation and hilarious miscommunication between two odd ducks. Chick struggles to get Brain to understand the rules, the manners, the etiquette of how a conversation SHOULD go. When to use please and thank you and when to say Hello back to someone are high on Chick's list.

Brain just doesn't catch on. But he's delighted to come up with his own conversation and he pretty much stops Chick in his tracks by saying, "Smell my foot."

If that doesn't give you the giggles, what will?

The book continues with a total of four chapters all of which conspire to create one story. Readers will wonder if Brain really is a smart guy. Readers will wonder if Chick will ever get Brain to say "You're welcome " at just the correct moment. Readers will figure out something is up and they will be hoping for and rooting for a chicken without a pot.

Short sentences, a nicely chosen spunky vocabulary with a lot of repetition, makes this a great reader for our readers who are just setting forth on the reading adventure. Hilarious and could easily come with a guarantee that it will create readers where doubt might have found a toehold.

Luckily, it looks like it's going to be a series. Hallelujah.

Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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