Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop! (Hardcover)

By Michael Ian Black, Matt Myers (Illustrator)

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9781442495104, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 13, 2015

List Price: 17.99*
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A rooster tries to change his tune in this jazzy picture book that’s perfect for scatting aloud from the author of Naked! and I’m Bored, comedian Michael Ian Black.

Mel the rooster’s boring old cock-a-doodle-doo is making him cock-a-doodle-blue—until one day he decides to jazz it up with something brand-new: the cock-a-doodle-doo-bop!

But while Mel scats and trumpets away to his revised refrain, the rest of the barnyard isn’t getting into the groove. Because they want the sun, and the sun won’t rise to Mel’s creative interpretation of his standard cock-a-doodle-crow. So the barnyard residents will have to band together and compromise to bring about a fresh day in a fresh way!

About the Author

Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who currently appears on Another PeriodThe Jim Gaffigan Show, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He created and starred in many television series, including Michael and Michael Have IssuesStella, and The State. He wrote the screenplay for the film Run, Fatboy, Run and wrote and directed the film Wedding Daze. Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face), the memoir You’re Not Doing It Right, and the children’s books Chicken CheeksThe Purple KangarooA Pig Parade Is a Terrible IdeaI’m BoredNaked!, and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Matt Myers has illustrated more than a dozen books, including The Most Terrible of AllA Dog Named Doug, the New York Times bestseller Battle Bunny, and The Infamous Ratsos, a Theodor Seuss Geisel honor book. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can see more illustrations and fine art at

Praise For Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop!

"Black's rockin' rooster will have toddlers laughing and joining in...A sly, wry, and funny tale that's as much fun to perform as it is to hear. A fine addition to the cock-a-doodle canon."
— Kirkus Reviews

"A witty crowd-pleaser and a gift to those reading aloud"
— Publisher's Weekly

"Will delight young listeners and readers"
— School Library Connection

"Storytime will never be the same with this delightful routine breaker."
— School Library Journal