Love and Roast Chicken

A Trickster Tale from the Andes Mountains

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

One day, high in the Andes Mountains, Cuy the Guinea Pig is searching for wild spinach to eat when Tío Antonio the Fox comes in search of Cuy to eat! Tío Antonio thinks he’s found dinner, but crafty Cuy has other plans. Quick-witted Cuy fools Tío Antonio not once, but three times. Combining striking wood block artwork with an authentic South American voice, this sly trickster tale shows that clever thinking is key when you’re out-foxing the fox. Discover more about this title and Barbara Knutson at

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2004
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.9
Reading Counts! Points 2.0
Text Type Folktale/Legend
BISACS JUV012070, JUV002180, JUV087000
Dewey 398.2'098'045293592
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 570
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 78800
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Reviewed, and Starred Reviews

Author, Illustrator: Barbara Knutson

Barbara Knutson was the award-winning author and illustrator of many children’s books, including How the Guinea Fowl Got Her Spots and Love and Roast Chicken. A resident of St. Paul and a cherished member of Twin Cities literary community, Ms. Knutson grew up in South Africa and traveled extensively throughout the world. She drew on her firsthand experiences abroad to create the rich, multicultural stories and folktales for which she became so well known. She passed away in 2005.


  • Virginia Readers' Choice Award Reading List Selection, Long-listed, 2015
  • Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children, Winner, 2004
  • SSLI Book Award Honor Book, Commended, 2004
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, Winner, 2004
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2004


Kirkus Reviews

“An all-around laugh-out-loud delight.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The Horn Book Magazine

“The plot twists and turns energetically; in the end, Cuy saves himself from being dinner by fooling Tio Antonio once again. Knuston’s robust prints, characterized by heavy black lines and subdued colors, are remarkably effective in conveying experessions and humor. "
Starred, The Horn Book Magazine

School Library Journal

“A thoroughly enjoyable tale that deserives a plce in most libraries.”
Starred, School Library Journal