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The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

Janice N. Harrington; Pictures by Shelley Jackson

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother's farm except one – the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited narrator regales readers with her campaign to catch Miss Hen, but this chicken is "fast as a mosquito buzzing and quick as a fleabite." Our chicken chaser has her mind set on winning, until she discovers that sometimes it's just as satisfying not to catch chickens as it is to catch them.

A fresh voice full of sass and inventive, bold collage illustrations full of surprises create a childlike escapade brimming with funny high jinks that leads the reader on a merry, memorable chase.

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Illinois Monarch K-3 Children's Choice AW ML, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award ML, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List, Tennessee Intermediate Volunteer State Book Award Master List, Vermont Red Clover Children's Choice A ML, Vermont Red Clover Children's Choice Award Master List, Illinois Monarch Award: K-3 Children's Choice Award Master List, Horn Book Magazine Fanfare List, Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice, Indiana Young Hoosier Award Master List, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List, Parents' Choice Award Winner, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, TN Intermed Volunt State Book Award ML, NYPLC Children's Books 100, Charlotte Zolotow Award / Highly Commended, Booklist Editors' Choice, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Irma S. and James H. Black Award Honor Book, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice A. ML, Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award Master List, Georgia Children's Book Award Master List (University of GA), Virginia Young Readers Award Master List

Praise for The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

“This book just begs to be read aloud, with long pauses to take in the complexity of the gorgeous half painted, half collage illustrations.” —Time Magazine

“Never has the expression "feathers will fly" been aptly illustrated as in this vivacious story.” —Starred, Kirkus Reviews

“Both words and pictures elevate a simple story about a girl's sly, barnyard game into a rollicking, well-told delight. A first-rate read-aloud.” —Starred, Booklist

“This funny story will have city kids longing for the chance to chase (and/or nurture) some chickens themselves.” —Starred, The Horn Book

“The mischief sings in every syllable fo this energetic tale . . . Harrington's storytelling style make the prose jump from page to ear.” —Starred, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Exceptional.” —Book Links

“A marvelously delicious read-aloud.” —School Library Journal

“A spirited read-aloud.” —Publishers Weekly

Reviews from Goodreads

Janice N. Harrington; Pictures by Shelley Jackson

JANICE HARRINGTON's Going North, for which she received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award, was a Top of the List Booklist Editors' Choice. She lives in Champaign, Illinois. SHELLEY JACKSON is the author-illustrator of several picture books and author of adult fiction. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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