Recent Readaloud: The Chicken Squad

The Chicken SquadThe Chicken Squad: The First MisadventureThe Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell

I love some of Doreen Cronin’s picture books, and was hopeful that this early chapter book would keep my children’s interest. It easily did – they kept asking for one more chapter, and we ended up reading the entire book in one sitting (it’s a short book, but still. That doesn’t always happen with my two.)

This is apparently a spin-off from her book The Trouble with ChickensThe Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery (J. J. Tully Mysteries) by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell, and there’s a sequel, The Case of the Weird Blue ChickenThe Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure (The Chicken Squad Book 2) by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell. Will I look for them? Perhaps. It was maybe a little bit too silly, and the chickens are pretty rude to the squirrel. Do I want that sort of attitude modeled to my children, who don’t need any help in that area? 😉 I may end up giving the others a pass, or I may just read them myself first, before making a final decision as to reading them to the kids. I liked the dog the best in this book, so that makes me think I should give the original book a try.

My verdict:

I liked that it kept their attention, and they had fun guessing what the mysterious object could be. I had fun hearing what their guesses were, and how they’d modify their guesses based on additional information.

The kids’ verdict:

Chickens are funny.

Publisher’s Description:
They’re darling. They’re daring. They know their shapes! They’re chicks on a mission—and on this, their first (mis)adventure, the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition.

Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie. These chicks are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. No sir, they’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime.

So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“Big” is not a shape, Squirrel!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is NO HELP. Good thing these chicks are professionals.

But even professionals get worried. Especially once they see that round, shiny, green, BIG thing in the yard. What if it’s a UFO full of aliens who want chickens as pets? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.

Book Details

Title: The Chicken Squad: The First MisadventureThe Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Author: Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Category: Children’s Fiction

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