The Resource The Chicken Squad, Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell

The Chicken Squad, Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Label
The Chicken Squad
Title
The Chicken Squad
Statement of responsibility
Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Title variation
Chicken Squad
Title variation remainder
the first misadventure
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Language
eng
Summary
Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar might be chicks, but they sure aren't chicken. They're the Chicken Squad, and it's up to them to figure out what Tail, the not-so-brave squirrel, is so afraid of. When he describes it as BIG and Scary, that doesn't give much insight as to what is lurking beyond the coop. Can our feckless, fluffy heroes defeat something that could very well be -- gulp -- from out of this world?
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Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Book, 2015
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award (North Dakota) for Intermediate Books, 2016.
Review
  • Grades 2-4 When a terrified squirrel barges into a backyard chicken coop looking for help, four tough little chicks patiently draw out his story and try to figure out what frightened the panicky critter. Deducing that a UFO may have landed in the yard, chicks Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie camouflage themselves with grass clippings and pelt the new (vaguely UFO-like) barbecue grill with rocks in a misguided attempt to rescue Moosh, their mom. Retired search-and-rescue dog J. J. Tully charges in to stop the attack and set things straight. If the characters sound familiar, they appeared in the J. J. Tully Mystery series. Now the four little chicks move into the spotlight for the Chicken Squad series. With its shorter text and larger type, the book will suit somewhat younger readers, those just moving up to chapter books. As in the previous series, some chapters are written in third person, while others are narrated by the dog. Cornell’s comical gray-wash illustrations magnify the story’s mild humor. An amusing beginning chapter book. -- Phelan, Carolyn (Reviewed 04-15-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 16, p51)
  • Gr 1 – 3 — Those cheeky chicks are back—this time in a series all their own. Fresh on the heels of their adventures in The Trouble with Chickens (2011) and The Legend of Diamond Lil (2012, both HarperCollins), Dirt, Sugar, Sweetie, and Poppy must now contend with a cowardly squirrel named Tail and a "big and scary" something that has landed in the backyard. Using deductive reasoning and some strangely creative camouflage, the chickens hatch a plan to investigate the mysterious object. The curmudgeonly ex-police dog, J.J. Tully, lends his deadpan observations to the humorous text, while Cornell's black-and-white illustrations bring Cronin's oddball characters to life with a goofy charm. Kids who enjoyed the first two books in the "J.J. Tully Mysteries" series will be delighted that the four intrepid chicks take center stage in this laugh-out-loud new chapter book series.—Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal --Kiera Parrott (Reviewed April 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 4, p116)
  • This loopy mystery kicks off the Chicken Squad series, a spinoff of Cronin and Cornell's J.J. Tully Mysteries that is skewed to even younger readers. Retired search-and-rescue dog turned detective J.J. takes a minor role in this outing, leaving the spotlight to Moosh's four chicks. Though it's J.J.'s job to bail out the trouble-prone chickens, he enlists readers to take over while he naps: "Wake me if they get into any trouble. Well, big trouble. I'm sure you can handle a little trouble on your own." Trouble arrives in the guise of Tail, a terrified squirrel who storms the chicken coop insisting that "something big and scary" is after him. Led by Sugar, who records clues in her notebook, and Dirt, who uses her sketchpad to decipher the shape of the interloper, the chick siblings (camouflaged as clods of grass) and Tail set out to confront what they assume is a UFO. As Cronin and Cornell layer on the silliness, full-tilt slapstick springs from the chicks' banter and Tail's melodramatic ranting. Ages 7–10. Author's agent: Holly McGhee, Pippin Properties. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed April 28, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 17, p)
  • In this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series, this time the chickens are in charge—sort of. When "dumb squirrel" Tail is terrified by something big and scary in the yard, the Chicken Squad (Dirt, Sugar, Poppy and Sweetie) is on the case. Not only do they work to build Tail's pitiful vocabulary, these chickens will make readers laugh while doing it. Soon, Tail's description goes from "big and scary" to "huge and terrifying," and following a bonk to the head, he describes the thing in the yard as "a big, shiny circle…a dark shade of green…it made a weird hissing and popping noise…it interrupted the atmosphere." Cronin keeps the mystery moving right along, allowing it to build at just the right pace for new readers to guess along with the silly chickens. Of course, it takes J.J. Tully, the retired search-and-rescue hound, to figure it out and save the day. Just don't tell the Chicken Squad. Each page turn rewards readers with a humorous illustration that explains and extends the text—and helps children figure out some of the more difficult words from picture clues. Most of the more challenging words are repeated many times as the chickens recount the story for each other and Tail, making this a great first chapter book. (Comic mystery. 6-9)(Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2014)
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10301712
Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Cronin, Doreen
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 007-010
  • 560L
  • Decoding demand: 78 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 92 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 70 (high)
  • Structure demand: 82 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.C88135
LC item number
Ch 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 3
Reading level
3.3
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Cornell, Kevin
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True
Series statement
Chicken Squad
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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Chickens
Target audience
juvenile
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the first misadventure
Label
The Chicken Squad, Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell
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Control code
1013660
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
92 pages
Isbn
9781442496767
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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illustrations
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  • (Sirsi) i9781442496767
  • (OCoLC)860755757
Label
The Chicken Squad, Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1013660
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
92 pages
Isbn
9781442496767
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781442496767
  • (OCoLC)860755757

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