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Extraordinary Warren: A Super Chicken

Dillard, Sarah (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2014. 59 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781442453401 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Graphic Text
Book genre: Humour

Text Elements:

character, dialogue, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Warren, an “ordinary, average, run-of-the-mill chicken” wants more out of life than just pecking and peeping. When he leaves the boring farm routine to discover just how he is special, he meets up with a mysterious unhatched egg and a hungry double-crossing rat named Millard who has other plans for him—including making a good meal out of him.

Six short chapters filled with speech bubbles and simple text set partly on panels and partly outside the frames carry the narrative forward. The clever humour is based on a misunderstanding that will appeal to children: Warren mistakenly believes he is special because Millard, desperate for a decent meal, calls him “Chicken Supreme.” The story provides opportunities for vocabulary enrichment by including less familiar words (extraordinary, dashed) in a context that facilitates comprehension.

Playful cartoon illustrations depict the comical facial expressions and body language of the bespectacled hero, his sidekick, the cookbook-toting villain and the unsuspecting chickens who are next in line for dinner.

This fun read-aloud blends the elements of a picture book and a chapter book to create a hybrid that could be used as a bridge to early graphic novels.

  •  

    On pages 36 and 37, Warren “puts two and two together.” Create a list of synonyms for this expression. Have you ever “put two and two together”? Share your story with a peer.

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    List the onomatopoeias found in the book. Brainstorm additional onomatopoeias that would fit the circumstances that Warren, the chicks and the rat find themselves in.

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    Write another chapter detailing how Warren and his sidekick, Egg, will outfox the fox. What other superhero characters do Warren and Egg remind you of?

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    As you read the book, make predictions before you read each chapter.

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    Notice the many expressions such as run-of-the-mill, chicken feed, chicken supreme and listen up. Try to infer their meanings from the context, then look them up in a dictionary. Make a class list of such expressions and add a short explanation for each one.

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    Warren wants to be extraordinary: explain how you are special, different from others. Try to use some of Warren’s expressions. 

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