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Children's Book Committee February Pick

One Chicken Nugget
Author & Illustrator: Tadgh Bentley

Animated mix-media illustrations strut along with Celeste who cooks up a scheme to rid herself of a monster whose insatiable appetite for her nuggets threatens her business. Author’s note.

Our Young Reviewers Say:

  • This book is about how a monster likes chicken nuggets so much that he said he can eat 4 million chicken nuggets! The chicken nuggets kept doubling and doubling and doubling and doubling until day 30 of the contest. I like this book because it is funny and silly.
  • I like this book because it went from 1 to 2 to 4 to 8 to 16 to 32 to 64 to 128 and until it was the 30th day. The last day was hard!
  • I like this book because it is interesting and it is imaginary.
  • I thought it was funny that a monster named Frank tries to eat chicken nuggets. I would have gotten out on day 4 with 8 nuggets! The illustrations are funny and help us to see all of the crazy things that Frank does. We can even see how he feels.
  • I like this book because it is very funny, because of the competition, and because it has math. I could do the math up until day 14! It gets very hard. I like that it had math.
  • I really like the pictures. They show all the ways that Celeste tries to get away from Frank. But Frank gets away every time.

–Mason 7, Napali 8, Nora 7, Penny 7, and their wonderful teacher! New York, NY.

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