The Trouble with Chickens (Hardcover)

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By Doreen Cronin, Kevin Cornell (Illustrator)
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“When retired search-and-rescue dog J.J. Tully agrees to help a chicken find her missing chicks, he gets himself into a peck of trouble! Doreen Cronin's hilarious story, paired with Kevin Cornell's laugh-inducing illustrations, results in one of the funniest books ever! This clever mystery is filled with lots of 'eggstra' surprises and will make one terrific read-aloud for families and classrooms.”
— Joyce Tiber, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI


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 hes 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 workor is J.J. not smelling the evidence thats 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.

About the Author

Doreen Cronin is the author of The Chicken Squad series and many bestselling picture books, including "Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, Ho"; "Click, Clack, Peep";" Click, Clack, Boo!"; "Dooby Dooby Moo"; "Thump, Quack, Moo"; "Bounce"; "Wiggle"; "Duck for President"; "Giggle, Giggle, Quack"; and the Caldecott Honor Book "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type". Shelives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

Kevin Cornell s secret spy headquarters are located in Philadelphia. He has successfully accomplished several thrilling missions, including illustrating "Mustache!" and "Count The Monkeys" by Mac Barnett, "The Chicken Squad" by Doreen Cronin, and "Lulu s Mysterious Mission" by Judith Viorst. Leave a coded message for him at!

Praise For…

“Cronin brings her droll humor to the chapter book set with great success. 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.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“The noirlike detective Tully and the funny chickens running around, well, like chickensmake appealing characters, especially as drawn by Cornell, who knows how to get TV cartoon–stylehumor out of the action.”

Praise for Doreen Cronin’s DIARY OF A FLY:“Irresistible and undeniably super.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Doreen Cronin’s DIARY OF A FLY: “Teeming with funny vignettes.”
-New York Times

Praise for Doreen Cronin’s DIARY OF A FLY: “Will have kids laughing out loud.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)

Praise for Doreen Cronin’s DIARY OF A FLY: “Like its predecessors, this diary is a crowd-pleaser.”
-ALA Booklist

Praise for Doreen Cronin’s DIARY OF A FLY: “Impeccable comedic timing.”
-Horn Book Magazine

Praise for Doreen Cronin’s DIARY OF A SPIDER: “Once again, brilliantly hilarious.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Praise for Doreen Cronin’s DIARY OF A SPIDER: “A rib-tickling sequel.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Praise for Doreen Cronin’s DIARY OF A SPIDER: “Hits squarely on the middle-grade funnybone.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061215322
ISBN-10: 0061215325
Publisher: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Publication Date: March 2011
Pages: 119
Language: English
Series: J.J. Tully Mysteries (Hardcover)