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The Chicken Squad
The First Misadventure
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About The Book
Now an animated series on Disney Junior!
They might be chicks, but they sure aren’t chicken, and they’re on a mission. And on this, their first (mis)adventure “in this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series” (Kirkus Reviews), 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, or worse, dinner? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.
About The Illustrator
Kevin Cornell’s secret spy headquarters are located in Philadelphia. He has successfully accomplished several thrilling missions, including illustrating Mustache! and Count The Monkeys by Mac Barnett, the Chicken Squad series by Doreen Cronin, and the Lulu series by Judith Viorst. Leave a coded message for him at KevSkinRug.com.
- Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 8, 2014)
- Length: 112 pages
- ISBN13: 9781442496781
- Grades: 2 - 5
- Ages: 7 - 10
- Lexile ® 560L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®
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Raves and Reviews
"Cornell’s illustrations give life to the chicks and their individual personalities. Each one pursues his or her own agenda, though they are often united in a common cause. Like four small, fuzzy, yellow Don Quixotes, they see giants in windmills or, in this case, aliens in backyard grills." - New York Times
Awards and Honors
- ALA Notable Children's Books
- Kansas NEA Reading Circle List PrimaryTitle
- Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List
- Texas Bluebonnet Master List
- Flicker Tale Award (ND)
- Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
- Cybils Award Finalist
- Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
- Sunshine State Young Readers' Award Jr. Nominee (FL)
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Author Photo (jpg): Doreen Cronin
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