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The Buk Buk Buk Festival
by Mary Jane Auch
Mary Jane and Herm Auch, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823432011 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Humor, Writing
Recommendations: A, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
L.3.3, 3a, 3b, 4, 4a, 5, 5a-c, 6
RF.3.3, 3c, 3d, 4, 4a, 4c
W.3.1, 3, 3a-d, 5, 7, 10
RL.3.1-5, 7, 9, 10

About the Book

Feathers fly and humor abounds as the literary adventures continue for Henrietta, the talented chicken from The Plot Chickens.

Thrilled to have her picture book published, Henrietta is all aflutter with excitement when she's invited to a local book festival. However, the event organizers did not count on having a chicken show up to sign books. Luckily, just when the festival director gives chase, Henrietta comes up with a clever plan to make herself heard and be respected. As Henrietta's loyal local children's librarian explains, "A chicken who can write books is a national treasure."


"The latest pun-filled poultry parody from the Auchs . . . explores the travails and triumphs of a hen who strives to be a published writer. . . . The numerous references to the writing and publishing process for authors coupled with the double-entendre wordplay and vivid digitally crafted illustrations are an imaginative way to enlighten children while simultaneously giving adults an appropriate chuckle. This one should fly off the shelf frequently and will be eminently useful in author-visit-prep."—Kirkus Reviews

"Young aspiring writers will find nothing but encouragement to pursue a craft."—Booklist


Read an exclusive Q&A with the creators, Mary Jane Auch & Herm Auch!

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Why do authors use figurative language in stories? Give examples from THE BUK BUK BUK FESTIVAL. L.2-3.5, 5a

2. What is a parody? How do Mary Jane and Herm Auch create humor and suspense in this parody? L.2-3.3, 3a

3. How do the author and illustrator use pictures and details to develop the characters, setting and events? Describe the style of the illustrations. Visit Research the process of how the books are illustrated. Plan and create a unique multimedia illustration of your own. RL.2-3.7 / W.2-3.6, 8

4. Write a review for THE BUK BUK BUK FESTIVAL. W.2-3.1, 10