by David Ezra Stein
Candlewick, 2010. Unpaged. Picture Book.
Papa is trying to read a bedtime story to Little Red Chicken but she never lets him get very far before she interrupts. Just as an old woman comes out of the wonderful candy house to invite Hansel and Gretel in "DON'T GO IN! SHE'S A WITCH!" cries Little Red Chicken. And when Little Red Riding Hood is approached by a wolf in the forest, Little Red Chicken wisely warns her "DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS." In this fashion Papa Chicken (with Little Red Chicken's help) quickly finishes the stories he knows, but Little Red Chicken is still not sleepy so she tells Papa Chicken a story and they both sleep happily ever after. As is usual with David Stein's books, a delight for children and adults.