Looking for Bobowicz: A Hoboken Chicken Story

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LOOKING FOR BOBOWICZ

Daniel Pinkwater

Nick Itch isn't thrilled about having to move from the suburbs to hot, muggy Hoboken.

But when he meets Bruno Ugg and Loretta Fischetti, the three become fast friends, bonding over Classics Comics, pirate radio, and a plan to find the legendary Arthur Bobowicz and his 266–pound chicken, Henrietta.

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LOOKING FOR BOBOWICZ

Daniel Pinkwater

Nick Itch isn't thrilled about having to move from the suburbs to hot, muggy Hoboken.

But when he meets Bruno Ugg and Loretta Fischetti, the three become fast friends, bonding over Classics Comics, pirate radio, and a plan to find the legendary Arthur Bobowicz and his 266–pound chicken, Henrietta.

Ages 8+

Upon moving to Hoboken, New Jersey, a boy convinces his two new friends to help him track down the mysterious phantom who stole his bicycle, as well as Arthur Bobowicz, owner of a giant chicken that once terrorized local citizens.

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Editorial Reviews

Time Out New York Kids
“Nick and his pals get lots of urban experiences of the decidedly antic kind.”
ALA Booklist
“Daniel Pinkwater is the czar of zany.”
Indianapolis Star
“Pinkwater’s quirky humor and imaginative plot will keep kids reading.”
Publishers Weekly
Daniel Pinkwater hatches Looking for Bobowicz, illus. by Jill Pinkwater, in which a giant chicken is once again wreaking havoc in Hoboken. Nick and his friends uncover news articles about Henrietta, a giant chicken that rampaged through the town years before, but they feel certain that only Arthur Bobowicz-who figured prominently in Pinkwater's The Hoboken Chicken Emergency-can help them find the answers. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
After a long drought, Daniel Pinkwater has graced the world with another novel. It is a sequel of sorts—a Pinkwater sort of sequel—to his The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (orig. 1977.) Ivan Itch (nicknamed "Nick") has been dragged from the suburbs by his parents to experience the true urban glories of row house life Hoboken, N.J. Fortunately—through a hole in his basement wall—he meets his new best friends, Loretta Fischetti and Bruno Ugg. Together they escape Hoboken's heat wave by hanging out in his friends' laundry room reading old Classics Comics and listening to the local pirate radio station (blues, country, chicken songs.) Chicken songs? That's a clue, folks! From these modest beginnings Pinkwater effortlessly spins a tale of adventure, intrigue, and potential romance. These are all modest, mind you. This is set in Hoboken, N.J., after all. Along the way he manages to graduate the kids from Classics Comics to the real McCoy, which should automatically endear the book to every librarian in the land. And yes, Virginia, Henrietta the Giant Chicken lives! 'Nuff said. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
—Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-When his parents move to Hoboken, NJ, and his bike is stolen the first hour he's there, clever and resourceful middle-grader Ivan Itch goes looking for the thief, and in the process meets quirky adults and solves some mysteries. He becomes friends with neighborhood kids Bruno Ugg and Loretta Fischetti, and they attend the town's Bat Hat Festival, where a tall, phantomlike figure appears. He pedals away on Ivan's "light blue bike with pink hearts and flowers painted on the frame." Then the children's Classics Comics books are missing. Surprises and plot twists pepper the story as the youngsters set out to discover just what is going on. The adults evade their logical questions about a mysterious, oversized chicken and the young detectives seek help from the librarian, Starr Lackawanna, "a woman with wild hair, wearing what looked like a gym suit with rainbow-striped leg warmers and cape." With her assistance, the children, especially Ivan, piece together the evidence that the phantom is hiding the stolen goods in an old abandoned cave. The 266-pound hen Henrietta who starred in The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (Aladdin, 1977) enters the scene and sets the stage for many laughs. Ivan is a well-developed character, and readers are likely to sympathize with him. Jill Pinkwater's black-and-white, block-print illustrations are a perfect match for this zany story that's sure to elicit lots of grins.-James K. Irwin, Nichols Library, Naperville, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Almost 30 years after The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (1977), the streets of that fair city are once again being stalked, not by a six-foot chicken, but by a mysterious phantom. Enter on the scene Ivan Itch ("Call me Nick"), whose parents have just moved the family to Hoboken to have an "urban lifestyle." Nick fairly quickly makes friends with neighbors Loretta Fischetti and Bruno Ugg, who share with him a love of Classic Comics and Dr. Pedwee's soda. An exploration of Nick's basement uncovers an old scrapbook about the Emergency, spurring a joint mission to unmask the phantom and discover whatever happened to Arthur Bobowicz. Aided by rather demented librarian Starr Lackawanna, Nick, Loretta, and Bruno solve both mysteries, which turn out to be far more closely related than they thought. The story itself is slight, though characteristically funny; what makes this book is the way the old-customs, buildings, literature, friends-constantly informs the new, in a truly sweet celebration of what was and what can be, if we just remember and respect. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060535568
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/3/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Pinkwater's gloriously funny books include The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, Looking for Bobowicz, and The Artsy Smartsy Club. He is regularly featured on National Public Radio. He lives in upstate New York with his beautiful wife, artist Jill Pinkwater.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2004

    HILARITY REIGNS IN HOBOKEN

    Quite often a work read by the author (although he/she is not a professional voice performer) is the most enjoyable that one can imagine. This may be because the author knows exactly how he intended the characters he created to sound, and is aware of every nuance and emphasis in his story. Perhaps one shouldn't even try to determine what makes an author's reading so very special, but simply enjoy it. That's my recommendation for 'Looking For Bobowicz' written and read by the irrepressible Daniel Pinkwater. Fans of this author know to expect an offbeat, outre, funny tale, and that's precisely what they'll hear. Jules Feiffer has said that 'Daniel Pinkwater's thoughts don't connect like yours and mine.' That's surely the case as we go to Hoboken, New Jersey where some very odd events are taking place. Ivan Itch is a bit discomfited when his parents move from their tranquil home to Hoboken. He's more than upset when his bike is stolen during his first hour in his new town. Further, Ivan or Nick as he prefers to be called hears wild rumors about an immense chicken on the loose. However, as we know middle-graders are often adaptable, and Ivan/Nick soon makes friends with an unusual group. Among his uncommon cadre are Bruno Ugg, Loretta Fischetti, and Starr Lacawwanna, the moving force behind the library. These young ones are determined to solve a local mystery sans assistance from adults. But, first they must find Arthur Bobowicz. As off the wall as ever Daniel Pinkwater ladles large helpings of laughs. Who could have imagined that Hoboken would be hilarious? Only this author. - Gail Cooke

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