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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Trouble with Chickens - Doreen Cronin

Released March 2011

www.harpercollinschildren.com

Doreen Cronin's The Trouble with Chickens is the latest J.J. Tully Mystery for kids. I'm new to this series but fell right into step with J.J. the Search & Rescue dog's tale. He comes off as a Sam Spade for kids (maybe even more like the bumbling Inspector Clouseau). Very enjoyable for any kid who loves mysteries.

Millicent (Moosh because it's easier for J.J. to say) the Chicken has a problem. While two of Moosh's chicks are currently annoying J.J., two others are missing. She needs J.J. to find Poppy and Sweetie. With a storm threatening, J.J. sets off to find out what happened to the missing chicks. What he finds is a little more dastardly than anyone would have guessed.

This is a delightful story. The mystery isn't particularly simple, so children will have to pay close attention to the clues. Even if they don't solve it before J.J., the story is packed with humor. Vocabulary is perfect for the advancing reader with special emphasis on a few harder words. All in all, if you have a mystery reader or simply a child who likes a dash of adventure with plenty of laughs, The Trouble with Chickens is a must-read!

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