Revised with brand new illustrations by Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Auth, this new edition of The Hoboken Chicken Emergency will have readers crowing so hard with laughter, they may just lay an egg!
|Publisher:||Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference|
|Age Range:||8 - 12 Years|
About the Author
Daniel Pinkwater is the author of several bestselling children's
books as well as a popular commentator on National Public Radio. He writes
regular reviews on Contentville.com. Daniel lives in Hyde Park, New York.
Tony Auth has been the editorial cartoonist for the Philadelphia Enquirer since 1971. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work in 1976, as well as five Overseas Press Club Awards and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism. His cartoons are distributed around the world by Universal Press Syndicate.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A young boy named Arthur goes out to get a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, there is not a turkey left in town. Arthur goes to every store until he stumbles upon a sign about chickens. He ends up with a two hundred sixty-six pound chicken. He decides to keep it as a pet. The chicken gets loose and scares everyone in town. Finally, the town's people treat the chicken nice and it returns home to Arthur.The story started out with my attention, but after the second chapter, lost it. To me it seemed that my nine year old daughter could write a story on the same level as this. I checked this book out from a school library and the sheet that gets stamped with the return date has never been used up since 2003. It came across to me as kind of a modern day remake of Frankenstien, but with a chicken instead. A teacher could read this story and have the students discuss what would make this story a modern fantasy. They could also comppare this story to other fantasy stories. The students could also write a story about their own version of a giant pet.
I wasn't sure about the book when it was foisted upon me by one of the children's librarians. Chickens . . . they don't seem that interesting. This is not the case for 266 pound chickens like Henrietta. Arthur brings Henrietta home on Thanksgiving having failed to procure a turkey (or duck, or normal sized chicken) for his family's holiday dinner. But, upon meeting Henrietta, the family decides she might be more pet than poultry. Chaos ensues, however, when Henrietta gets loose. It's a cute story and a quick read. The characters created by Daniel Pinkwater (and illustrated by his wife Jill) are memorable and lots of fun. I also really liked the message of the story, which overtly is that "Chickens need love too" but is also just a call for tolerance-something that can never be stated enough. Pinkwater originally wrote this book in the 1970s and I'm pretty confident it will continue to be a favorite for years to come.