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Fowl Play: A Chicken Dozen
No matter what chickens are doing, they always seem to be funny; perhaps this is why some comedians carry a rubber one in reserve. This picture-book list of chicken misbehavior, mockery, and mayhem features a variety of settings (from farm to beach), of characters (naughty chickens, fashionable chickens), and of themes, from the duping of foxes to the ever-popular announcement of the falling sky. It seems, with apologies to vegetarians, that chicken really does go with everything, though we're limiting the list to stories about live chickens! In any case, here are thirteen chicken picture books—don't worry, they've hatched, so it's okay to count them.
Andersen, Hans Christian. For Sure! For Sure! ; trans. by Mus White; illus. by
Stefan Czernecki. August House, 2004. 4-6 yrs.
One thoughtless comment about a feather from an otherwise respectable chicken becomes a scandalous rumor, mushrooming into a complete farce by the time it reaches the newspapers. (BCCB 10/04)
Auch, Mary Jane, ad . Chickerella; illus. by Herm Auch. August House, 2005. 5-8 yrs
After laying glass eggs and being dressed “eggsquisitely” by her goosy godmother, Chickerella attends the ball and ultimately starts her own fashion line with the prince. (BCCB 5/05)
Auch, Mary Jane. Souperchicken; written and illus. by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. Holiday House, 2003. 5-8 yrs
Henrietta's ability to read not only entertains her between egg-laying, but saves lives when she reads a crucial sign and rescues her aunts from becoming chicken soup. (BCCB 6/03)
Cronin, Doreen . Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; illus. by Betsy Lewin. Simon & Schuster, 2000. 5-8 yrs
While the cows get top billing in this story, don't forget that the chickens strike in solidarity, withholding their eggs until Farmer Brown finally provides electric blankets for the animals that dwell in his chilly barn. (BCCB 9/00)
Dorros, Arthur . City Chicken ; illus. by Henry Cole. HarperCollins, 2003. 4-7 yrs
After visiting a highly mechanized farm factory complete with cooped up chickens and eggs transported on a conveyor belt, Henry returns to the idyllic city where she can lay blue eggs and eat pizza in peace. (BCCB 2/03)
Gray, Kes. Cluck O' Clock; illus. by Mary McQuillan. Holiday House, 2004. 4-8 yrs
This busy brood of farm chickens has a long daily schedule of perching, pecking, and duping foxes, only to start it all over again the next day at “4 o'cluck.” (BCCB 6/04)
Need more chickens? Never enough chickens? Then check out Janet Morgan Stoeke's Minerva Louise series, featuring the adventures of a plucky hen, and don't miss the rest of Mary Jane and Herm Auch's chicken-themed spoofs such as Bantam of the Opera , Hen Lake, and Poultrygeist .
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