The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin
“It was a hot, sunny day when I met that crazy chicken. So hot that sometimes I think the whole thing may have been a mirage. But mirages don’t have chicken breath, mister.”
Doreen Cronin is the author of the popular Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type picture book. Cronin is one of my favorite children’s authors because she is so imaginative with the real world around us. ( I even have a Click, Clack, Moo t-shirt.) She now introduces junior fiction readers to the world of the hard-boiled detective, J. J. Tully. He isn’t really “hard-boiled”, he is a retired search and rescue dog, but he does have the hard-boiled detective’s outlook on life. Only the promised payment of a cheeseburger entices him to take the case of two missing chicks. The illustrations are wonderful. (Cronin’s books always have absolutely perfect illustrations.) Kids will love the book and grown-ups should find a kid to read it to, or just sneak it into their book bag and pretend they have a kid to read it to! Aimed at a younger audience than Nancy Drew, this book (and we hope it becomes a series) will easily addict a kid to the mystery genre and will give any adult mystery lover a warm and fuzzy, laugh out load, read.