The Trouble with Chickens (J.J. Tully Series #1)

The Trouble with Chickens (J.J. Tully Series #1)


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A hard-bitten former search-and-rescue dog helps solve a complicated missing chicken case.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613836507
Publisher: Perfection Learning Corporation
Publication date: 03/26/2013
Series: J.J. Tully Series , #1
Pages: 119
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Doreen Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, as well as Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Giggle, Giggle, Quack. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their daughters.

Kevin Cornell rests his head in Philadelphia, where he and his wife match wits daily with a terrifying dachshund. Other monsters Kevin has recently tamed include The Terrible Two series by Mac Barnett and Jory John, Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett, and Lulus Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst.

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The Trouble with Chickens (J.J. Tully Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was one of those books that you pick up because you finally have kids and can now read it without explaining why you think it's humorous. I laughed the whole way through the book. The kids 7-14 enjoyed it. The story wasn't one to write about it's a typical kids mystery but the way it was written, well, let me say, if you have a dry sense of humor you'll love it. If you prefer slapstick probably not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is really good because in the begining its a mystery but at the end it has a BIG twist.And at a certain point of the book its funny.I think the funniest charcters are the baby chickens!I recomend this book for ages 7-12.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely thouroughly enjoyed this exquisite book though it was very short.
vampireeat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What is the trouble with chickens? They talk too much.Doreen Cronin, with amazing interspersed images from Kevin Cornell, takes readers on a journey with J.J., a former rescue dog with a heart of gold. His current case is helping "Moosh" - a stressed out chicken who has lost two of her chicks. After turning down the case, J.J. changes his mind after he is promised a cheeseburger in payment. As J.J. takes point he soon discovers that not everything is as it seems... and a certain "inside dog" may have some diabolical plans in store for everyone involved...I'm not a big childrens book reader, but I really loved this title. I don't think I'd ever describe a youth fiction title as noir, but there are definitely elements of a specific type of old timey detective language here. The back cover promises adults will enjoy this title with their children; as an adult (without a child) I can actually back up that claim: it was a joy to read. A must have for any childrens collection in public and school libraries.
kbarnes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genuinely liked this book for the early chapter book reading crowd. The story is about a retired search and rescue dog (J.J.) who is now living with a lady who seems to take in stray animals. It is written in the old Dragnet style of talking, which makes it utterly charming, especially for kids who love a good mystery. Poor ol' J.J. is suddenly plagued by a mother hen who has 'lost' two of her chicks and has come to him for help. Moosh (mama chicken) and her two remaining chicks are real pains and J.J. is reluctant to help. Of course he gets drawn into the mystery and we soon find a culprit in the "inside"dog - a mean spirited dachsund named Vince who is forever resigned to wearing a funnel on his head due to ear infections. This has laugh out loud parts that the reader simply must share with whomever is in the room with them. A good ending - and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in this new series.
asomers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of those mutli-layered books that it meant to appeal to a wide audience. The format and plot would appeal to those children that are beginning to read chapter books, but there is quite a bit of humor and word play that would appeal to a much more mature reader. It reminded me of Mark Teagues', Dear Mrs. LaRue. Kids think it's silly and parents chuckle at the innuendo.This would be a great addition to a school library where students are transitioning between picture books and chapter books. They will recognize Doreen Cronin's name and immediatley be drawn to her books because of their love of her picture books. Ms. Cronin does not disappont her readers. JJ Tully's escapades with Dirt and Sugar will keep the students turning pages. I hope that she is planning to create a series. I know they will be hard to keep on the shelves in my library.
GRgenius on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
J.J. Tully is one serious dog in search of a little R & R. Normally those initials would mean "rest and relaxation" especially when considering J.J. is retired (he was a daring rescue dog, no less) but this dog isn't one to say no when trouble comes calling. He answers that door (no matter how reluctantly) and pursues the truth until the mystery is solved or the missing one found. This case though...may be more than meets the beady eye....after all, can you really trust a chicken?If you're ready for a quick mystery suitable for all ages, listen closely...this one's for you. J.J. is given the voice of a detective from one of those old-timey black and white movies or television shows through his dialogue and narration. You can just picture him propping his little doggie feet up on a desk, fedora cocked back, lightning flashing in the window behind him when Moosh, the chicken in distress, walks in....wait, chicken? Oh yes....CHICKEN. Moosh, the mother hen (literally) is trying to solve the mystery of her missing children, errr...chicks. You see one by one they seem to be disappearing until *POOF*...Sweetie, Poppy, Dirt, and Sugar are all gone! With the cast of characters already quite full of well, "characters", it's hard to imagine anyone else stealing a part of that limelight, but alas, one does. His name....Vince the Funnel. He's the dog that rules the interior of the house and whatever he says goes. He's quite funny actually and the reason for his nickname is easy to see ....but his scheming is the truly interesting part. For a dog, he is one devious little fellow! I might even venture to say that he may take the cake on a few of the stunts my own real-life fur babies have pulled on yours truly and with such calculated thoughts behind it too. Fast forward to the final scenes and all I can say is that I love the twist near the end of the story. It reveals why the one behind the schemes did what they did...and trust me, it's not exactly what or who you might think but anyone with a bookish heart will certainly appreciate it (and be left with a me). Now did I mention the illustrations because really, they are too much fun to miss. First thing I thought when I saw the cover was...hmm, did I miss a new Disney movie coming out or something? It just has that clean animation look to it that they are known for. Could it be made into one? Certainly...there's a lot of fun to be had but in the mean time the expressions on J.J.'s face as the events unfold, Sugar and her chicky crews looks as things get dicey and the ever frightening presence of all priceless.It's short and it's sweet. It's perfect for adult readers as well as a read -a-long for the young ones with a little help from nearby adults to conquer a larger word here and there providing entertainment AND a little learning all in one....and it's so sneaky about it, they won't even realize it. Happy reading....
jugglingpaynes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Trouble with Chickens, from the author of Click Clack Moo, is a wonderful chapter book for young readers who enjoy mystery. Retired search and rescue dog J.J. Tully is hired by a mother chicken and two of her chicks to help find her missing chicks. The narration has the "Just the facts" quality of Dragnet, and we learn a bit about J.J. Tully's past as he reminisces about his experiences rescuing various people. My only complaint about the story is that there is an occasional shift in narration that I found confusing. I would rather have the case unfold from Tully's perspective than to break the flow of the story. I did enjoy the story itself, and it was smart enough with subtle humor to keep this adult interested. The black and white illustrations add to the feeling of an old time detective show. I will definitely encourage my 8 year old to read this book.
technodiabla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my 5 year old daughter. She LOVED the characters. The very maternal chicken and her little brood were quite appealing. I personally liked the tongue-in-cheek old-school detective language, but it was largely lost on her. All the references to 1940s style P.I. films just aren't going to be understood by this generation of kids unfortunately. The plot was somewhat difficult to follow. This book is deceptively short (large print, wide spacing). It would be a great chapter book for a boy or girl reading at maybe second grade level. Overall, a nice book, but not memorable.
DragonLibrary8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: I wasn't sure what to expect from a children's book on the Kindle, but it was great! I don't doubt that the illustrations are better in color but they are still wonderful in black and white! The story is about a former search and rescue dog named J.J., a chicken, four chicks, and another dog they call Vince the Funnel. Two of the chicks are missing and the chicken hires J.J. to find them. The Trouble with Chickens was a fast, fun read! The author does a great job of giving the animals personalities that pull the reader in. The writing is so descriptive that the reader is able to create the characters easily and the actual illustrations only enhance the reading experience! The story was well thought out and creative. I enjoyed the perspectives of each of the characters and of course I loved the fact that the chicks were after books!!! Three of my favorite quotes:"Make like a sponge mister.""She may have looked fluffy and new, but this chick had already learned that life outside the shell was not all it was cracked up to be." (favorite!) "Sometimes you find yourself exactly where you belong."I would recommend this book to everyone! I loved it! It would be a fantastic read-aloud, a wonderful read alone for young readers, and and great, fun read for all ages.
MontzieW More than 1 year ago
The Trouble With Chickens (J.J. Tully Mystery #1) by Doreen Cronin is such a cute story that even I enjoyed it. It is about a retired search-and-rescue dog that lives on a farm now, chickens that have him on a mission to find lost chicks, and a sneaky inside dog. It is clever, funny, and very witty. I couldn't help but smile several times throughout the book. Well written, fun book for kids. This should be a movie for kids! It would be adorable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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smg5775 More than 1 year ago
JJ Tully, a retired search-and-rescue dog, is called on by a mother chicken who wants him to find her missing chicks. He sets out to train her remaining chicks on search and rescue skills but he must become move involved than he wanted to find those chicks as well. I loved this story! JJ talks like a 1940's film noir gumshoe. The villain, Vincent the Funnel (is that not a great nickname?), talks like a 1930's gangster. The story is hilarious. Mama chicken and her chicks are precious. It's not just the chicks that learn. I look forward to more in this series.
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Ok not the best.
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Do not have the book on my nook have it in paper back. Is very good but needs more details and discription. Very cute but needs work. Also a very short read that i think could have been longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was funny how he made up the names of the chickens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love this book! I have 9 year old daughter and she has read this book over 10 times!
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