cover image The Sky Is Falling!

The Sky Is Falling!

Mark Teague. Scholastic/Orchard, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-545-63217-1

A lurking fox gets his comeuppance during a barnyard dance party in Teague's absurdity-driven take on "Chicken Little." With visions of chicken dinner on his mind, Fox uses a slingshot to knock an acorn from a tree, causing it to fall on Chicken Little's head. She immediately sounds the familiar warning that the sky is falling, but instead of running away, she busts a move and encourages her friends to join her. After watching the animals moonwalk, mambo, and form a boisterous conga line, Fox tries to lure the revelers to his den, "the perfect place to hide" from a falling sky. Instead, the chickens taunt Fox into cutting a rug with them ("He did the limbo, the lindy, and the lambada") until an apple falls onto his head%E2%80%94thanks to Chicken Little. Readers may be just as perplexed as Fox is about why the chickens respond to theoretical doom with dance numbers, but Teague's comically detailed images of a waltzing cat and rabbit, as well as the chickens wing-to-wing in a Rockettes-style kick line, will conjure lots of laughs. Ages 3%E2%80%935. (June)