Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Cranky Chicken by Katherine Battersby


Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: September 7, 2021
Genre: Middle School
Source: Finished copy
Rating: 5

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Narwhal and Jelly meet The Bad Guys in this heartwarming, brightly illustrated, and downright hilarious chapter book about what happens when a very cranky chicken is befriended by a very cheerful worm.

Cranky Chicken is, well, cranky. With one cranky eyebrow, cranky eyes, and even cranky, scratchy feet. But then one day, Cranky meets a very friendly worm named Speedy who wants nothing more than to be friends. Young readers will love seeing the mismatched friendship grow over the course of three charming and laugh-out-loud short adventures as Chicken and Speedy become BFFs (Best Feathered Friends) and Speedy shows Chicken how to look on the bright side.

I read this several times over the past few weeks. First with my own kids, then by myself, and a couple more times when I took the book to the school I work at. Everyone, including me, loved it! I totally relate to this cranky chicken and I loved how the worm, wormed himself into the heart of the chicken. It's a funny book that will have you and your child in stitches! 

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About the Author:
Katherine is the critically acclaimed author and illustrator of eleven picture books, including Trouble, Perfect Pigeons and the popular Squish Rabbit series, which have been published around the world. Her first graphic novel, Cranky Chicken, releases soon. Her books have had glowing reviews in The New York Times, received starred Kirkus reviews and have been shortlisted for numerous awards. She is regularly booked to speak in schools, libraries and at festivals and she is a passionate advocate for literacy and the arts. She currently lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her poet husband, their book obsessed baby and a wonderfully ridiculous dog.

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