The Impudent Rooster

The Impudent Rooster Cover

The Impudent Rooster

By Sabina Rascol; Holly Berry (Illustrator)

Dutton Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780525471790, 32pp.

Publication Date: April 12, 2004


When a greedy nobleman steals the purse a rooster intends for his poor master, the rooster crows out the truth: "Give back the pennies you stole!" But the nobleman hears only impudence, and he orders the rooster thrown down a well. But neither the well's deep water, nor an oven's heat, nor cattle's hard hooves can stop this "impudent" rooster, whose amazing powers win back the purse and reverse the nobleman's fortunes. Children will relish the energetic language and interplay of magic and justice in this read-aloud tale. Holly Berry's stylized illustrations, inspired by Romanian folk-art designs and bursting with color and humor, give this book the dimensions of a classic.

About the Author

Holly Berry is a printmaker and acclaimed illustrator of a number of picture books, including Colorful Dreamer, How Mama Brought the Spring (a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book) and The Impudent Rooster (a Society of Illustrators Original Art Silver Medalist). She received her BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and now lives in Waldoboro, Maine.