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.
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