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Gimme Shelter

Misadventures and Misinformation

Illustrated by Stephen Gilpin



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About The Book

Now an animated series on Disney Junior!

The Chicken Squad is back for their fifth (mis)adventure in this “lip-bitingly funny” (School Library Journal) chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and The Trouble with Chickens.

The Chicken Squad prides themselves on being ready for anything. Marshmallow life preserves? Check. Copious bags of jellybeans for a car ride? Check. Storm shelter? Storm shelter! They need a storm shelter in case there is ever a storm. So Sugar takes it upon himself to build one in the yard. But it turns out it’s not big enough for everyone. And the big dig has unearthed some mysterious surprises.


Gimme Shelter Chapter 1
“A little help here!” Sugar yelled impatiently from the bottom of a hole in the yard. The hole was twice as tall as she was and three times as wide. “Hellooooooo!!” She leaned on her shovel and waited. A squirrel leaned in and dropped an acorn on her head. Sugar threw it back.

“Ouch!” Dirt’s face appeared at the top of the hole. “What are you doing down there, Sugar? And why are you throwing acorns at me?”

“What does it look like I’m doing?” Sugar answered.

“It looks like you threw an acorn at me and fell into a hole,” Dirt replied, leaning in closer.

“For your information, I didn’t fall into this hole. I dug it myself.”

“Wait a minute. . . . Is that one of Barbara’s spoons??” asked Dirt, leaning in closer still.

“Look for yourself,” Sugar replied, holding the spoon close enough for Dirt to touch—and then nudging her right into the ladle.

“HEY!” said Dirt as Sugar tipped her out at the bottom of the hole. “What did you do that for?”

“I couldn’t get out of the hole on my own, and I am one hundred percent confident that you will get us out of here.”

“That would have been a lot easier to do from up there!” said Dirt, brushing herself off. “Now we have to wait for Poppy or Sweetie to get us out.”

“I’m not going to lie,” said Sugar, “my confidence just dropped to about thirty-seven percent.”

About The Author

Photograph (c) Doreen Cronin

Doreen Cronin is the author of many bestselling and New York Times bestselling picture books, including Click, Clack, Quack to School!Click, Clack, Surprise!Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, HoClick, Clack, PeepClick, Clack, Boo!Dooby Dooby MooThump, Quack, Moo: A Whacky AdventureBounceWiggleDuck for PresidentGiggle, Giggle, QuackBloom; and the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type as well as The Chicken Squad series and Cyclone. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

About The Illustrator

Stephen Gilpin graduated from the NYC School of Visual Arts where he studied painting and cartooning. He is the illustrator of the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk series and The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Boy series. Stephen currently lives in Hiawatha, Kansas. Visit him at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (December 12, 2017)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781534405714
  • Grades: 2 - 5
  • Ages: 7 - 10
  • Lexile ® 600L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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