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The Trouble with Chickens: J. J. Tully Mystery Series, Book 1
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J. J. Tully is a former search-and-rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So he's not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their chicken mom show up demanding his help to track down their missing siblings. Driven by the promise of a cheeseburger, J. J. begins to track down clues. Is Vince the Funnel hiding something? Are there dark forces at work—or is J. J. not smelling the evidence that's right in front of him?

Bestselling author Doreen Cronin uses her deadpan humor to pitch-perfect effect in her first novel for young readers. Heavily illustrated with black-and-white artwork from Kevin Cornell, this new series is destined to become a classic.

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Unabridged
Street Date:
03/01/2011
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Lexile measure:
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Doreen Cronin. (2011). The Trouble with Chickens: J. J. Tully Mystery Series, Book 1. Unabridged Balzer + Bray.

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Doreen Cronin. 2011. The Trouble With Chickens: J. J. Tully Mystery Series, Book 1. Balzer + Bray.

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Doreen Cronin, The Trouble With Chickens: J. J. Tully Mystery Series, Book 1. Balzer + Bray, 2011.

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Doreen Cronin. The Trouble With Chickens: J. J. Tully Mystery Series, Book 1. Unabridged Balzer + Bray, 2011.

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Bestselling author Doreen Cronin uses her deadpan humor to pitch-perfect effect in her first novel for young readers. Heavily illustrated with black-and-white artwork from Kevin Cornell, this new series is destined to become a classic.

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        Cronin, best known for her witty barnyard picture books, Click, Clack, Moo and its successors, brings her droll humor to the chapter book set with great success. After seven years as a search-and-rescue dog, J.J. Tully (possibly a German shepherd) has been rewarded with retirement in the country. Though he puts on airs, recalling "a parade in my honor after I pulled three tornado victims out from under a mountain of debris," he grudgingly agrees to help a mother hen find her two missing chicks (in exchange for a cheeseburger). Behind his hard-boiled persona, J.J. has some genuine detective smarts, but he faces a formidable foe in Vince the Funnel, the "inside" dog, who looks "like a cross between a dachshund and a lamp" (he's wearing a cone-shaped collar due to an ear infection). Fast-paced and funny, with interesting vocabulary and a well-constructed plot, this is terrific fare for readers who are ready to move beyond picture books, but are intimidated by longer works. Cornell's pencil drawings have a mix of energy and humor that adds to the fun. Ages 8–12.

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