Review: The Trouble with Chickens

Posted on February 24, 2011

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The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J.Tully Mystery
By Doreen Cronin
Illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Balzer + Bray
March 2011
128 pages

J.J. Tully is a retired search-and-rescue dog living an all too quiet life on the farm. He was minding his own business one day when a wacky chicken he calls Moosh shows up at his doghouse with her two baby chicks he calls Dirt and Sugar. They need his help. Tully doesn’t have much use for chickens but he’s a sucker for a good mystery and Mama Moosh offers up a doozy – plus a cheeseburger. Irresistible – and so is J.J. Tully, who’s a cross between Marmaduke and Sam Spade – lovable and sarcastic. This easy-to-read chapter book is fast and funny and full of hijinks. Cornell’s black & white cartoon illustrations add the perfect layer of comedy and personality to Cronin’s witty whodunit to make this book a winner with young readers.

Copyright (c) 2011 by Peggy Tibbetts

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