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It's time to put your wings together and let your clucks ring out to the sky because we're celebrating the release of a NEW Chapter Book perfect for all ages! Don't believe me? Think the kids zone is only for wee ones? Well then, I'll gladly prove you wrong as you delight in today's curmudgeonly character starring in...
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Alright guys, so cranky chicken 🐔 is well... CRANKY. Go figure with a title like that, am I right? But it's not an over the top, explosive cranky... more an everyday is a new day, oh joy, sort of cranky. Thing is pretty much everything makes him cranky... even discovering a new friend who is anything but! Enter Speedy, who, despite being a worm 🪱 and the size of an average teeny tiny being , is actually very speedy and very upbeat! A more opposite duo would be hard to find, and yet after Cranky Chicken inadvertently rescues Speedy, he's his friend for life. He'll help him see the good in things, even if it doesn't cheer him up, and aid him in overcoming fears he had no intention of overcoming, even if only part way. 😉
It's the friendship that builds against the odds, the odd couple match-up actuality matching up when it seemed so unlikely, along with the brilliant illustrations, that make this title soar! It was wonderful to see the story grow and the fast friends (sort of!) grow with it. I loved Cranky Chicken for all his crankiness, and adored Speedy for his endless optimism. There wasn't a mountain too high they couldn't take together, even if Cranky Chicken wasn't looking for one to begin with.
A fun tale for the tall, the small, and the crankiest of us all!
About the author/illustrator...
Katherine Battersby is the critically acclaimed children’s author and illustrator of one chapter book and twelve picture books, including Perfect Pigeons and Squish Rabbit, a CBC Children’s Choice Book. Her picture books have also been shortlisted for numerous Australian awards, including the CBCA Awards for New Illustrator and Book of the Year. Katherine lives in Ottawa, Canada. Visit her at KatherineBattersby.com.
Special thanks to Jenny at Simon and Schuster for the ARC for review! (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, or the publisher, feel free to click through the links above. This title is newly available this week (*throws confetti*) so add a little cranky to your day in a good way, and snag your copy today!
Until next time, remember... if it looks good, READ IT!