The Chicken Squad is back for their fourth (mis)adventure, and this time they’re facing their darkest mystery yet: shadows! A hilarious, “easy to read” (Booklist) chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and The Trouble with Chickens.
There’s a big, SHADOWY, mystery lurking about on what was supposed to be a nice chicken-family vacation to a farm. Sugar is certain that she is being watched, and when Poppy’s beloved shoe (the shoe that keeps her safe and snug) goes missing, Sugar is sure that this shadow is the culprit. But how does the Chicken Squad tackle a shadow? And do it without ruining the family reunion…which includes meeting eighty-five cousins whose names all begin with the letter B, a lesson on figuring out perimeters (no, Sugar, the perimeter of a car is not one mile), and deciding how many bags of jellybeans one should pack for a road trip?
Doreen Cronin is the author of The Chicken Squad series, Cyclone, and many other New York Times bestselling picture books, including Click, Clack, Surprise!; Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, Ho; Click, Clack, Peep; Click, Clack, Boo!; Dooby Dooby Moo; Thump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky Adventure; Bounce; Wiggle; Duck for President; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Bloom; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at DoreenCronin.com.
Road trip! The four chicks (Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie) travel to the farm to meet their aunts and cousins, only to find that someone has swiped their bag of jellybeans. Tricked into losing their secret stash as well, the intrepid chicks investigate and make a series of surprising discoveries. Plenty of comedy arises from seeing these familiar characters outside their comfort zone, and Sugar gives herself a new nickname that fans of the Chicken Squad series are sure to find hilarious. Throughout the book, Gilpin’s cartoonlike, grayscale illustrations add to the drama as well as the fun. Just right for young chapter-book readers. — Carolyn Phelan