Thursday, January 8, 2015

Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure gets 4 Stars

The Chicken Squad by Doreen Cronin is the first in this Early Reader/Beginning Chapter Book series.  A fun book boys and girls alike, first grade and up, will enjoy.  Alohamora Open a Book

Are you looking for a fun book to read to or with your son or daughter who is just learning to read?  Do you have a boy who is a bit of a reluctant reader?  Do you have a child who is wanting to start reading chapter books?  Are you a first grade teacher looking for a good read aloud to get the kids excited about a book?  Do you love the picture books Click Clack Moo, or Diary of a Worm and want to read more great books by the same author? 

If you said yes to any of the above questions you should check out The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure by Doreen Cronin.  It is the first book in this new early reader/beginning chapter book series about funny chicks that is a great read for boys and girls alike.  

You could easily read this book to Kindergartners and up, preschoolers will enjoy it if you have a child who loves to read and has impressive aka above age level comprehension.

Boys and girls first grade and up will enjoy reading this funny, humorous, action/adventure book independently as well . 

I gave The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure 4 out of 5 stars.  It's a fun early reader with a little bit of mystery to it as the reader tries to use the clues to figure out what Tail the squirrel is afraid of.  It makes a great read aloud to teach lessons on context clues and inference.  

The little chicks are fun, though there are too many of them to understand and grasp their characteristics.  Plus, all of the chickens have two names which is especially confusing for an early reader even if they have read the other books they are in.  

All in all this book is a fun early reader series both boys and girls will enjoy and parents will appreciate it is appropriate content for a young reader who is 6 years old or older.  

It is a good book; it just isn't the best early reader/beginning chapter book out there.  

Amazon had the following book review

"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."

Have you read this book? Has your child read this book? 

Happy Silly Chickens Early Reader/Beginning Chapter Book reading

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