I have fallen – and fallen hard – for a new middle grade. Every. Single. Line is perfect, witty, and chosen with care. It’s no surprise, as the author is my hero. (The illustrations are spot-on, too.)
So, THE TROUBLE WITH CHICKENS by Doreen Cronin.
I took it to the gym and read it in a one hour stint on the elliptical. I daresay it made my workout more enjoyable. No telling what the lady in the red Lycra to my right thought about my maturity. Especially when I did one of those hiccough/laugh combos. Tears hit the corners of my eyes faster than my fingers punched “Lower Resistance”. Not from the cardio burn, but from hysteria.
This book puts the unny in funny.
I’ll throw a line out there. We’ve all seen dogs wearing the cone of shame, right?
“He had a long, skinny build, beady eyes, and a giant white funnel around his neck. He looked like a cross between a dachshund and a lamp.” (Page 37.)
If you have 8-12 year-olds, or even the younger set, I beg you to run, not walk, to the nearest library or bookstore and sniff this book out. This is read-aloud writing at its best.
Oh, and there’s another one coming, THE LEGEND OF DIAMOND LIL.
That makes my puppy’s tail wag something fierce.