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Book Review: Chicken Dance By Tammi Sauer

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Tammi Sauer

Tammi is the author of the humorous picture books COWBOY CAMP (Sterling, 2005) and CHICKEN DANCE (Sterling, 2009). In addition to writing, Tammi loves to read, ski, spend time with family and friends, go to the movies and eat out as often as possible. What is more, she is hopelessly addicted to checking her email. Tammi and her family live in Edmond, Oklahoma, with one dog, two geckos, and a tank full of random fish.

Meet Marge and Lola, chickens on a mission: to win tickets for the Elvis Poultry Show! But their toughest competition-a pack of menacing ducks-sneers that “all a chicken can do is bawk, flap, and shake.” Can our two feisty chicks show those quackers how to rock ‘n’ roll the barnyard?

Tammi Sauer and illustrator Dan Santat have whipped up a giddy, goofy romp where cows fly over the moon, ducks surf in a water trough, and one very familiar-looking rooster gets all shook up!

Chicken Dance

Sterling, August 2009

Picture Book

Ages 4-8

36 pages


“Do you love chickens? Do you love Elvis? Then you’ll love this book! Share CHICKEN DANCE with your grandchildren and show them who really bawks and rolls. Thank you. Thank you very much.”–Elvis Poultry

“This zippy narrative features punchy dialogue and witty interactions; creative word play abounds…. Fly the coop to enjoy this hilarious adventure.”–Kirkus Reviews

Check out the CHICKEN DANCE web site:


For more information about Tammi, please see www.tammisauer.com

Tammi’s upcoming picture book titles include the following:

MOSTLY MONSTERLY (Simon & Schuster, 2010)

PRINCESS-IN-TRAINING (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, forthcoming)

DUCK MEANS BUSINESS (Simon & Schuster, forthcoming)

OH NUTS (Bloomsbury)

For more information about Jim, please see www.jimwhiting.com. To inquire about availability of specific titles or to send a comment, write him at jimruns3@gmail.com.


Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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