Perfect Picture Book Friday: Chicken Wants a Nap PLUS Giveaway


It’s a good day to review a picture book and I’ve got a fabulous one for you!



Written by Tracy Marchini

Illustrated by Monique Felix

Published by Creative Editions (August 15, 2017)

Ages: 3-8

Themes: Life on the farm, humor, dealing with frustration

Synopsis: From Amazon:

The sun is up, and a happy barnyard chicken is looking forward to a comfortable day—preferably one that includes a relaxing nap. However, every time she tries to find a good spot, something goes wrong. The sun disappears and is replaced by rain. She is driven out of the warm barn by obnoxious noises and smells. The dog is too curious for her to stay on the porch. Finally, the rain stops, and the worms come out. This is good news for the chicken—but bad news for the worms!

Why I like this book:

  • Simple text that draws the listener in and invites reader participation
  • Great illustrations that tell part of the story and marry with the text perfectly
  • Filled with humor and a SUPER twist at the end
  • Super read aloud!

Related Activities:

Make a paper plate chicken

plate-chickenPhoto courtesy:

Paper plate crafts…I love them so much…and so do kids!

You will need: One paper plate, construction paper, markers, scissors, glue.

For detailed instructions and more chicken crafts, visit:

Author Tracy Marchini and her publisher, Creative Editions, are giving away a copy of CHICKEN NEEDS A NAP. To be entered, please don’t forget to leave a comment.

Although CHICKEN NEEDS A NAP is not launching until August 15th, you can preorder the book on Amazon or from your local indie bookseller…and don’t forget that reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are very important

And I hope you all will come back tomorrow when Tracy stops by to chat and share an AMAZING recipe with us on Will Write for Cookies Pizza!




20 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: Chicken Wants a Nap PLUS Giveaway

  1. When I first heard about this book, I immediately put it in my wish list. I kind of have a thing for chickens. 🙂 Thanks for highlighting this book, Vivian! The chicken plate craft is adorable!


  2. That cover art is so vibrant! And who doesn’t love the thought of a nap? (Okay, what book-buying adult doesn’t like the thought of a nap?) Looks like a clever story, and one I will definitely check out. Thanks, Vivian!


  3. Now this book sounds creative and fun! I can’t wait to find out about the twist–when an author can surprise readers, I want to learn how he/she did that!


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  5. Hey, maybe that is why the chicken crossed the road. He needed to find a place to take a nap. (yea, ok. That was a really bad joke. Sorry.)

    Animal + Humor = my kind of book. I can’t wait to read this. The cover illustration is great.


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