The Legend of Diamond Lil (J.J. Tully Series)

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After his last run-in with Vince the Funnel and the mystery of the missing chicks, J.J. the search-and-rescue dog is ready for some much-needed R & R. But just when he thinks he has everything under control, there’s a new problem to worry about: Diamond Lil, a shiny new dog who’s taken up residence next door. Suddenly Moosh and her chicks are spending an awful lot of time with their fancy friend, talking about weird things like fluffy feathers and good posture. And Lil’s not the only new kid cramping J.J.’s ...

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The Legend of Diamond Lil (J.J. Tully Series)

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Overview

After his last run-in with Vince the Funnel and the mystery of the missing chicks, J.J. the search-and-rescue dog is ready for some much-needed R & R. But just when he thinks he has everything under control, there’s a new problem to worry about: Diamond Lil, a shiny new dog who’s taken up residence next door. Suddenly Moosh and her chicks are spending an awful lot of time with their fancy friend, talking about weird things like fluffy feathers and good posture. And Lil’s not the only new kid cramping J.J.’s style. There’s a possum loose, and it’s up to J.J. to keep everyone safe. But the questions keep piling up. Is Lil all that she seems? And how does the possum keep finding her way to the chicken coop?

In this hilarious follow-up to The Trouble with Chickens, the clues, plot twists, and one-liners add up to an unputdownable read.

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Praise for THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKENS: “The noirlike detective Tully and the funny chickens running around, well, like chickens make appealing characters, especially as drawn by Cornell, who knows how to get TV cartoon–style humor out of the action.”
Booklist
Praise for THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKENS: “The noirlike detective Tully and the funny chickens running around, well, like chickens make appealing characters, especially as drawn by Cornell, who knows how to get TV cartoon–style humor out of the action.”
Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
Retired search and rescue hero J.J. Tully is once again using his deducing skills to unravel a mystery. His friend Moosh (the hen) and her chicks are spending a lot of time next door with the neighbor's new pet, the shiniest mutt J.J. has ever seen. She calls herself Diamond Lil and she has "a fluffy white coat and a long full tail that curled along the ground" and her voice has a soft Southern drawl. The little chicks are intrigued by her talk of feathery boas and good manners. But J.J. wonders why she seems to know so little about the neighbor's college bound child. To make matters worse there is a thieving possum hanging around the henhouse. Why does Diamond Lil always show up at the same time and place as the possum? The intrepid detective enlists the aid of Vince, "an inside dog with a mean streak" (and a plastic cone around his head) to run down the clues. Snappy dialog and hilarious twists and turns add up to a lot of silly fun. The early chapter book crowd will love following the clues as well as hearing of J.J.'s exploits as a search and rescue dog. There are enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing and the likeable characters, even the "bad" guys, add up to and enjoyable romp. This sequel to Trouble with Chickens is a winner and readers will be begging for more adventure from this comical but competent canine. Black and while illustrations add visual support. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
Kirkus Reviews
Fans of Cronin's first J.J. Tully mystery, The Trouble with Chickens (2011), will welcome the return of retired search-and-rescue dog J.J. Tully, mother hen Moosh and her four chicks in this follow-up adventure. The plot unfolds smoothly, ensuring that those unfamiliar with the first volume won't have trouble tracking the action, but readers are likely to enjoy the silliness even more if they're already familiar with the continuing cast of characters. This time around, there's a hint of romance with the sudden appearance of a lovely purebred in the neighborhood. Distracted by the dame (and prone to overestimating his own intelligence), J.J. spends some time swapping stories with "Diamond Lil" and misreads the situation entirely. So it takes him a while to figure out the connection between the lovely Lillian and an opossum that has been sniffing around the henhouse. With a little help from last volume's villain, Vince-the-Funnel, J.J. finally solves the mystery of Lillian's past. Meanwhile, Moosh matter-of-factly solves the possum problem, smoothing the way to a happy ending for all concerned. Cronin parodies the snappy dialogue and world-weary insouciance of classic noir detectives perfectly while keeping the text accessible for her intended audience. Cornell's black-and-white illustrations add to the humor and expand the personalities of Cronin's kooky crew. Here's hoping J.J. and company find more to puzzle over pronto. (Comic mystery. 8-11)
Booklist
Praise for THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKENS: “The noirlike detective Tully and the funny chickens running around, well, like chickens make appealing characters, especially as drawn by Cornell, who knows how to get TV cartoon–style humor out of the action.”
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—A former search-and-rescue dog, J. J. Tully is having a hard time enjoying his retirement. With a coop full of chickens to protect and a possum to keep out, he has his hands full. In this follow-up to The Trouble with Chickens (HarperCollins, 2011), a canine named Lil appears next door, and J. J. becomes suspicious of her. She is nice to him, and together they take walks at night; but every time they do, the possum reappears and attacks the pen. To make matters worse, when asked about the owner of the house's daughter, who recently moved away, Lil seems to know nothing about her or the family. Is she the sweet, refined dog she appears to be or is something else afoot? Although this early chapter book is only moderately paced, the characters are endearing and funny. The mystery of Diamond Lil plays mostly in the background but does a good job of holding readers' interest. Tully's search-and-rescue stories sprinkled throughout are entertaining and will attract the attention of those who like adventure. The eye-catching illustrations do a great job of drawing readers' attention to important story details. Children who like a little bit of everything mixed into their reading, particularly mystery, adventure, and animals, will enjoy this book.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061779961
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: J.J. Tully Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 959,253
  • Age range: 7 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: NC630L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin

Doreen Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of Diary of a Worm; Diary of a Spider; Diary of a Fly; the Caldecott Honor Book Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type; and Duck for President. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

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    This book has a good hook that you get only in the first sentence!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Storytime Favorites

    I love the JJ Tully Mysteries for kids by Doreen Cronin, and the illustrations are fun as well . . . I read The Trouble with Chickens, Cronin's first JJ Tully mystery, to my then 4 and 7 year old, and they loved everything about the book, we all laughed frequently. This book was a hit as well - Fun for the adults to read to their children - makes great storytime reading!

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    Posted March 1, 2012

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    This book rocks

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    Posted January 16, 2014

    Gia

    Nice book love the end

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