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


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

About the author

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.

Janice N. Harrington

Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

Shelley Jackson

From the Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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