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.”