Monday, October 29, 2018

2018 Christmas Gift Review & Giveaway - Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise

Don't you just love it when you discover a new picture book which has an excellent story, illustrations full of color and fun details and a healthy touch of humor? And, when the book is written in a way to help the children you love learn something it is even better! Well, I'm so happy today to share a book with you which has all these things and was sent to me for review by Candlewick Press.

Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise
Author/Illustrator - David Ezra Stein
Publisher - Candlewick Press
Ages - 4-8

Favorite Features -
  • Wonderful, colorful illustrations with fun details.
  • A story which is unexpected and filled with humor.
  • Creative way to teach children about the "element of surprise" in a story.
Candlewick Press says; "Surprise! The little red chicken is back — and as endearingly silly as ever — in David Ezra Stein’s follow-up to the Caldecott Honor–winning, Interrupting Chicken. It’s homework time for the little red chicken, who has just learned about something every good story should have: an elephant of surprise. Or could it be an element of surprise (as her amused papa explains)? As they dive in to story after story, looking for the part which makes a reader say 'Whoa! I didn’t know that was going to happen,' Papa is sure he can convince Chicken he’s right. After all, there are definitely no elephants in 'The Ugly Duckling,' 'Rapunzel,' or 'The Little Mermaid' — or are there? Elephant or element, something unexpected awaits Papa in every story, but a surprise may be in store for the little red chicken as well. Full of the same boisterous charm which made Interrupting Chicken so beloved by readers, this gleeful follow-up is sure to delight fans of stories, surprises, and elephants alike."

I love Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise. This book is filled with elephants of surprise - or are they elements of surprise! At any rate, the children you love will love Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise.

I'm very happy to say, not only did Candlewick Press send Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise for me to review and share my own opinion of it with you, but they are making another available for me to give away (USA only) If you are over the age of 18 and would like to enter this drawing for Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprisewhich will be on November 28, 2018, please comment below to share a favorite story you could share with your grandchildren to help them find the "elephant of surprise" - my grandsons really enjoy Moose Tracks! - it was their favorite book when they were very young and they still love it!

In addition if you have followed on Google Friend Connect, followed by liking on facebook with the tab in the "Find us on Facebook" box ON THE BLOG or at this link (not just liking the post) and/or have followed grandma's cookie jar by email you will receive one entry for each of these which you have done. Plus, if you "share" this post, you'll receive another entry (please let me know if you share). This will help me be able to draw names from among people who would like to win 
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise and it gives you several ways to enter the give-away! Thank you for reading grandma's cookie jar and for sharing it with the people you know!


  1. Click, Clack, Moo -- one of my favorites to read the munchkins. I follow on email and facebook.

  2. My son loves Going on a Bear Hunt… This sounds like a fun book! I follow on Facebook, email and Google.

  3. My kids love Popeye Climbs a Mountain.

  4. Fun! My grands loved aThe Book With No Pictures.