The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet

The Noisy Little Rooster book cover

Written by:

Carmen Agra Deedy

Illustrated by:

You can find out more and buy a copy here

La Paz is a happy, but noisy village. A little peace and quiet would make it just right. So the villagers elect the bossy Don Pepe as their mayor. Before long, singing of any kind is outlawed. Even the teakettle is afraid to whistle! But there is one noisy rooster who doesn’t give two mangos about this mayor’s silly rules. Instead, he does what roosters were born to do. He sings: “Kee-kee-ree-KEE!”

The silenced populace, invigorated by the rooster’s bravery, ousts the tyrannical mayor and returns their city to its free and clamorous state.

Carmen Deedy’s masterfully crafted allegory and Eugene Yelchin’s bright, whimsical mixed-media paintings celebrate the spirit of freedom, and the courage of those who are born to sing at any cost.

This subtle, modern multicultural tale is a must-have: “Kee-kee-ree-KEE!” Indeed!

Deedy’s message about speaking up and speaking out rings as clearly as a bell.
Publisher’s Weekly

Deedy’s original story of the noisy village of La Paz has the feel of a well-told folktale — one with plenty of dry wit.
The Horn Book

Here we have a book that not only celebrates those people that speak up when everyone else cowers around, but also makes it very clear that while there is a messiness and a noise to everyday society, the alternative can sometimes prove much much worse.
School Library Journal


  1. Julia on 29th July 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Is this book set in Mexico or Bolivia?

    • Erin Whatley on 31st July 2020 at 5:40 am

      The book is set wherever the reader sees it. When I write a book, I let it go and let the reader decide what it means to them. And in this instance, where the story might be set, in the real world––or the world of imagination.
      – Carmen Deedy

  2. Michell Hackwelder on 20th December 2023 at 12:03 am

    I love this book. It is popular in my storytimes.

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