Review: The Trouble with Chickens

Cronin, Doreen. The Trouble with Chickens. New York: HarperCollins, 2011. Reviewed in galley. (Grades 2-5)

Move over Sam Spade! Make way for Jonathan Joseph Tully (J.J. for short), retired search-and-rescue dog. J.J.’s reputation as a problem-solver sends Moosh, a chicken with a big problem, his way. Try as he may, he can’t get rid of the determined mother hen, so they come to an agreement. He won’t work for children feed, but he will work for a cheeseburger. Moosh has a missing chick, and J.J. sets out to find it, running “afowl” of a scheming dachshund along the way.

Young readers won’t find a single bad egg in this hard-boiled mystery with just enough scrambled clues to keep them guessing, while the allusions to the mystery genre will delight older readers who are “in on the yolk.”


About kstreet245

I'm a teacher librarian with Norman Public Schools and adjunct instructor for children's literature at the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies. I've been married to Ken since 1975, and we have two wonderful children, both married. We have no grandchildren, but instead are "owned" by three dachshunds. We are active members of Country Estates Baptist Church in Midwest City, OK, teaching Sunday School, playing handbells, keyboards, and percussion, and singing in the choir. I enjoy reading, crafts, travel, and nice, long naps when I can work them in!
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