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Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

Janice N. Harrington (2007), 40 pages
Illustrated by Shelley Jackson
Audience: K - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Picture Books
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The unnamed heroine just loves to chase chickens, even though Big Mama tells her it's not good. It will drive those chickens crazy, so they won't lay eggs. The chicken-chasing queen especially likes to chase Miss Hen, a beautiful, plump chicken, who is just too fast. It doesn't matter what she tries, Miss Hen is too smart to be caught. Then, one day, the heroine discovers Miss Hen's secret.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 6/15/2009
ISBN-10: 0374312516
ISBN-13: 9780374312510
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Chocolate Fever

Robert Kimmel Smith (2004), 96 pages
Illustrated by Gioia Fiammenghi
Audience: 4th Grade - 6th Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor
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Henry ate too much chocolate. He makes medical history, with the only case of Chocolate Fever ever. And then he finds himself caught up in a wild, hilarious chase, climaxed by a most unusual hijacking!
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 3/27/2009
ISBN-10: 0399243550
ISBN-13: 9780399243554


Carl Hiaasen (2012), 304 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Animal, Fiction, Humor, Realistic Fiction
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At their home in the Everglades, Wahoo Cray helps his father, Mickey, to care for the many wild animals his father has collected over the years, such as Alice, an alligator that he raised from infancy, a boa constrictor, an orphaned bobcat and a howler monkey named Jocko. Mickey Cray needs more help since an iguana fell from a tree onto his head, giving him a concussion which has led to migraines and double-vision and leaving Mickey unable to perform his work as an animal wrangler for documentaries and reality shows. As soon as Wahoo's mother leaves for China to teach Chinese to American executives to earn money to pay the mortgage, Mickey is contacted by a reality television show, Expedition Survival! to provide animals for an episode to take place in the Everglades. Wahoo soon realizes that the show's star, Derek Badger, is a fake, but that turns out to be the least of their troubles. When Mickey and Wahoo travel to the Everglades to help film part of the episode in the wild, they pick up a girl from Wahoo's class, Tuna Gordon, who is running from her drunk, abusive father. All of these people stumbling around in the Everglades' marshes make a hectic and surprising adventure.
Reviewed by: vfv
Date read: 8/7/2013
ISBN-10: 0375968423
ISBN-13: 9780375968426
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Circus Ship

Chris Van Dusen (2009), 32 pages
Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
Audience: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Category: Animal, Fiction, Humor, Picture Books
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In this rhyming tale filled with vivid, expressive illustrations, fifteen circus animals are traveling by ship with their ill-tempered owner when the ship crashes in a storm. The animals surface on an island, where the residents are shocked and skeptical of the animals until an emergency proves their value. When the mean owner wants the animals back, how will the townspeople hide them? This is a fun read, full of bright, playful illustrations.
Awards nominated: 2013 Monarch Nominee
Reviewed by: emc
Date read: 3/30/2012
ISBN-13: 9780763630904
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Judi Barrett (1982), 32 pages
Illustrated by Ron Barrett
Audience: Preschool - 3rd Grade
Category: Fiction, Humor, Picture Books, Science Fiction
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Living in the town of Chewandswallow was wonderful. All your meals, cooked and ready to eat, rained, snowed, or hailed down from the sky. Each day, the town's people would carry their plates, glasses, and silverware outside to catch whatever the weather served. Sometimes it would rain soup and juice. Other days it would snow mash potatoes and green peas. You never knew what the weather would bring. Each day, the town's Sanitation Department did a remarkable job of cleaning up the leftovers. Life in Chewandswallow was perfect, until one day the weather started to get out of hand. The food falling from the sky started to get larger, heavier, overcooked, or undercooked. A storm of pancakes and maple syrup nearly destroyed the whole town. The Sanitation Department couldn't keep up. So the town's people did the only thing they could do. They made ships out of bread and sailed away to find a new home. After sailing on the open seas for a few days, they finally reached a small town. There, they were welcomed with open arms. Everyone from Chewandswallow was happy with their new lives. However, it did seem odd to them that now they would have to get their meals from the grocery store instead of the sky.
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Similar books: The Marshmallow Incident by Judi Barrett Never Take a Shark to the Dentist by Judi Barrett Pickles to Pittsburgh: the sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatball by Judi Barrett Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg
Reviewed by: mb
Date read: 7/1/2011
ISBN-10: 0689707495
ISBN-13: 9780689707490
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