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Cranky Chicken

A Cranky Chicken Book 1

Book #1 of Cranky Chicken
Illustrated by Katherine Battersby

About The Book

Narwhal and Jelly meet The Bad Guys in this brightly illustrated, downright hilarious chapter book graphic novel full of “sweet, wholesome fun” (BCCB) about what happens when a very cranky chicken is befriended by a very cheerful worm.

Cranky Chicken is, well, cranky. With one cranky eyebrow, cranky eyes, and even cranky, scratchy feet. But then one day, Cranky meets a very friendly worm named Speedy who wants nothing more than to be friends. Young readers will love seeing the mismatched friendship grow over the course of three charming and laugh-out-loud short adventures as Chicken and Speedy become BFFs (Best Feathered Friends) and Speedy shows Chicken how to look on the bright side.

About The Author

Photograph by John W. MacDonald

Katherine Battersby is the critically acclaimed children’s author and illustrator of two chapter books and twelve picture books, including Perfect Pigeons and Squish Rabbit, a CBC Children’s Choice Book. Her picture books have also been shortlisted for numerous Australian awards, including the CBCA Awards for New Illustrator and Book of the Year. Katherine lives in Ottawa, Canada. Visit her at KatherineBattersby.com.

About The Illustrator

Photograph by John W. MacDonald

Katherine Battersby is the critically acclaimed children’s author and illustrator of two chapter books and twelve picture books, including Perfect Pigeons and Squish Rabbit, a CBC Children’s Choice Book. Her picture books have also been shortlisted for numerous Australian awards, including the CBCA Awards for New Illustrator and Book of the Year. Katherine lives in Ottawa, Canada. Visit her at KatherineBattersby.com.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (September 7, 2021)
  • Length: 116 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534469884
  • Grades: 1 - 4
  • Ages: 6 - 9

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Raves and Reviews

"Sweet, wholesome fun with plenty of chicken puns and wormy weirdness."

– BCCB

"In pale jewel tones, Battersby’s simple panels feel breezy and contemporary; the comic companionship she develops between two complete opposites couldn’t be more endearing."

– Publishers Weekly

"Delightful, simply illustrated panels are packed with expressive motion and silliness...Will make even the crankiest reader feel that thing that’s not cranky. (Happy!)"

– Kirkus Reviews

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