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The Trouble with Chickens (J.J. Tully Series)
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The Trouble with Chickens (J.J. Tully Series)

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by Doreen Cronin, Kevin Cornell
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times
“Teeming with funny vignettes.”
ALA Booklist
“Like its predecessors, this diary is a crowd-pleaser.”
The Horn Book
“Expect this Diary to be just as popular as the first.”
Horn Book Magazine
“Impeccable comedic timing.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
“Hits squarely on the middle-grade funnybone.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Hits squarely on the middle-grade funnybone.”
School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—With its sharp wit and suspenseful mystery, Cronin's foray into the crowded chapter-book field is a crowd pleaser. Retired search-and-rescue dog J.J. Tully is enjoying the simple life on a farm when his world is turned upside down by an annoying hen, Moosh, and her two equally obnoxious chicks, Dirt and Sugar, who hound him to help locate Poppy and Sweetie. They fear that the missing chicks have been kidnapped and are being held hostage inside the house where ferocious Vince the Funnel—an aptly named canine—lives. When Moosh appears with a note stating it "behooves" the chickens to "rendezvous" to get back her peeps, J.J. muses about the likelihood of birdbrains with sophisticated vocabulary, and he must sniff out the true offenders. Cronin's tongue-in-cheek humor spills forward as the detective story unfolds, while the whodunit will keep readers guessing until the ending. Cornell's black-and-white cartoon illustrations add to the hilarity with bespectacled Sugar, cone-headed Vince the Funnel, and J.J. Tully's mismatched floppy ears. Teachers will embrace the story as a great read-aloud, while reluctant and nonreluctant readers will savor this quick read of a mystery and eagerly await the next case for J.J. Tully to crack.—Michele Shaw, Quail Run Elementary School, San Ramon, CA
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Praise for Doreen Cronin’s DIARY OF A SPIDER: “Hits squarely on the middle-grade funnybone.”
Booklist
“The noirlike detective Tully and the funny chickens running around, well, like chickensmake appealing characters, especially as drawn by Cornell, who knows how to get TV cartoon–stylehumor out of the action.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061215339
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
J.J. Tully Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 11 Years

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Meet the Author

Doreen Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, as well as Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Giggle, Giggle, Quack. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their daughters.

Kevin Cornell rests his head in Philadelphia, where he and his wife match wits daily with a terrifying dachshund. Other monsters Kevin has recently tamed include The Terrible Two series by Mac Barnett and Jory John, Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, and Lulus Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst.

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The Trouble with Chickens (J.J. Tully Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was one of those books that you pick up because you finally have kids and can now read it without explaining why you think it's humorous. I laughed the whole way through the book. The kids 7-14 enjoyed it. The story wasn't one to write about it's a typical kids mystery but the way it was written, well, let me say, if you have a dry sense of humor you'll love it. If you prefer slapstick probably not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is really good because in the begining its a mystery but at the end it has a BIG twist.And at a certain point of the book its funny.I think the funniest charcters are the baby chickens!I recomend this book for ages 7-12.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely thouroughly enjoyed this exquisite book though it was very short.
smg5775 9 months ago
JJ Tully, a retired search-and-rescue dog, is called on by a mother chicken who wants him to find her missing chicks. He sets out to train her remaining chicks on search and rescue skills but he must become move involved than he wanted to find those chicks as well. I loved this story! JJ talks like a 1940's film noir gumshoe. The villain, Vincent the Funnel (is that not a great nickname?), talks like a 1930's gangster. The story is hilarious. Mama chicken and her chicks are precious. It's not just the chicks that learn. I look forward to more in this series.
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Ok not the best.
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Do not have the book on my nook have it in paper back. Is very good but needs more details and discription. Very cute but needs work. Also a very short read that i think could have been longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was funny how he made up the names of the chickens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this book! I have 9 year old daughter and she has read this book over 10 times!
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LOVE IT
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I loved it
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Best book ever so good *
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This book is so cool i love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book my favorite chapter was chickens tears.love the way vince traped the chickens and how suger fake the kidnap just to read books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK BRCAUSE IT IS THE BEST!!!!
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