The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin
A J.J. Tully Mystery (J. J. Tully Mysteries)

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J.J. Tully is a former search-and rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So he’s not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their chicken mom show up demanding his help to track down their missing siblings. Driven by the promise of a cheeseburger, J.J. begins to track down clues. Is Vince the Funnel hiding something? Are there dark forces at work—or is J.J. not smelling the evidence that’s right in front of him?

Bestselling author Doreen Cronin uses her deadpan humor to pitch-perfect effect in her first novel for young readers. Heavily illustrated with black-and-white artwork from Kevin Cornell, this new series is destined to become a classic.

 

About Doreen Cronin

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Doreen Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of favorite picture books such as Rescue Bunnies; the Diary of… series; and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a Caldecott Honor Book; in addition to The Trouble with Chickens. When she was growing up, Doreen's dogs were Archie and Trapper (after two of her favorite television characters). She lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can visit her online at www.doreencronin.com.
 
Published March 1, 2011 by Balzer + Bray. 133 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment.

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My writing process now is to cram in writing time after my kids go to sleep—and again on the weekends...I’ve never been a particularly disciplined person—but I’m definitely getting better at managing my time and trying to balance the Mom/Writer thing.

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Sophisticated vocabulary and a complicated plot suggest the older range of readers as the most likely audience, but frequent illustrations and a relatively large font should make the story accessible to the younger end as well.

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Cronin, best known for her witty barnyard picture books, Click, Clack, Moo and its successors, brings her droll humor to the chapter book set with great success.

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I enjoyed the heck out of this book.

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Imagine yourself, if you can, as a retired search-and-rescue dog.

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Her writing style is funny and fast-paced, and the story has enough twists and turns to keep mystery lovers --- young and old alike --- turning the pages.

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