The Secret Chicken Club

The Secret Chicken Club

by George Shannon, Deborah Zemke, Deborah Zemke
     
 

When Debbie the cow learns of the Secret Chicken Club, she is inspired to start a Secret Cow Club. Of course, she is the only cow on the farm, and even Debbie knows you cannot have a club with only one member. Could she join the chickens' club? "Heavens no," clucks Blanche, the club president, "it's only for chickens." And so a wacky series of events ensues as one by… See more details below

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When Debbie the cow learns of the Secret Chicken Club, she is inspired to start a Secret Cow Club. Of course, she is the only cow on the farm, and even Debbie knows you cannot have a club with only one member. Could she join the chickens' club? "Heavens no," clucks Blanche, the club president, "it's only for chickens." And so a wacky series of events ensues as one by one the animals on the farmthe goat, the sheep, the duckjoin the Secret Chicken Clubor do they?

George Shannon's gentle tongue-in-cheek humor and Deborah Zemke's delightfully comic pictures once again combine to create a club all young readers will clamor to join.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sheilah Egan
Grab a youngster with a sense of humor and read this hilarious book aloud for a delightful trip to a very funny farm. Rife with puns and (adult level) "inside" jokes, it will still provide lots of laughs for those who "get it"—even on the most elementary level. The endpapers prepare the reader with "portraits" of the barnyard characters hanging inside a bright red barn, each labeled with names that evoke humorous thoughts right from the first moment: Hannah, Vannah, and Savannah are chickens, as are Blanche and Stella; Bob and Ray are little chicks—even if youngsters do not envision Marlon Brando bellowing "Stella" the grown-ups will! Divided into sections that are connected stories, the format is not really a chapter book. Wise Acres farm is an idyllic place: "The sun always came up... and lightning bugs never thundered at night." Readers may choose to discuss this linguistic construction or just forge on to reveal more of the dizzying story. Debbie the cow loves to dance (wonderfully portrayed in the fabulously rib-tickling illustrations). While performing her special "cow-fairy dance" she overhears Blanche whisper "The Secret Chicken Club will meet tonight." Of course, Debbie wants to join the club but she cannot pass the initial test of clucking, laying an egg, and "eating ten worms." The soft-hearted chickens arrange a test she can pass and the Secret Club's membership increases by one cow. The laughable situations continue until each of the barnyard creatures are members of the club. Doug the rooster manages to avoid purchasing chicken noodle soup ("you mean—chicken brains are inside"), the case of the missing beak is solved ("No clues. No witnesses. And now, nocrime! Another case is closed."), and merry mayhem abounds. Read it several times and even little people will begin anticipating the silly humor and try to think of puns and jokes of their own.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-The Secret Chicken Club at Wise Acres is only for chickens, but Debbie, the only cow on the farm, feels so lonely and left out that she is finally permitted to join and taught the secret word: "Oh." Well, obviously with a secret word that is so often said by unsuspecting animals, confusion and inclusion are sure to follow and, after episodes involving Doug the rooster learning what's really in chicken noodle soup and Debbie being convinced that her shadow has been stolen, everyone on the farm is a member of the club. The bright and colorful cartoon illustrations match well with the zany story, which is divided into three mini-chapters; a tableau of the featured characters prefaces each one. The motif reappears on the endpapers. Children who can follow the birdbrained logic of the members of the Chicken Club will certainly have a few laughs.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Shannon dishes up a delicious trio of original "noodle" tales, set in bucolic Wise Acres and featuring a farmyard menagerie that stars Debbie, a cow with the heart and hooves of a dancer. Hearing of the Secret Chicken Club, Debbie so yearns to join that its members relax the rules for entry from laying eggs and eating worms to laughing at a lame knock-knock joke. Later, she's distressed when her artificial "beak" (a funnel) mysteriously disappears after she lays it down in her shadow before bounding off to rehearse for an alfresco recital. Sandwiched between these two episodes is an even better one: Believing that "chicken noodle" soup is called that because it makes chickens smarter, Doug the rooster sets out to buy some-until Pearl the goat's horrifying suggestion that, since soups are named for what goes into them, its main ingredient must be chicken brains. Illustrated with sunny watercolor scenes of popeyed livestock (all of whom, by the end, are club members) dancing and being silly, this is sure to have children signing on in flocks for repeat readings. (Picture book. 6-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593541286
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
1.00(w) x 1.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
1 - 12 Years

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