***Chickens May Not Cross the Road
and Other Silly (But True) Laws
by Kathi Linz
Illustrated by Tony Griego
Reviewed December 7, 2002.
Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 2002. 32 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (J 348.73 LIN).
This is the sort of book that you can’t resist reading aloud to
whoever happens to be near. Even my third-grade son couldn’t resist
this temptation, and I enjoyed him reading me all the outrageous laws,
even though I’d already read the book myself.
The laws given are funny and outrageous. For example, “Horses
may not eat fire hydrants;” or “Trout fishing is against the law if you
are sitting on a giraffe’s back.” The cartoon illustrations are
Interspersed between the pages of silly laws are discussions of
where laws come from and how our legal system is set up in America.
So the book is educational as well as wildly funny. Perfect for
young elementary age students.
Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.
All rights reserved.