Chickens on the Loose by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by John Joseph

Chickens on the Loose by Jane Kurtz, illustrated by John Joseph. West Margin Press, 2021. 9781513267241

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review)  5

Format: Hardcover

Genre:  Picture book

What did you like about the book? A flock of chickens escapes from a backyard and the chase is on! They run down the street for the thrill of freedom and take advantage of many activities the city has to offer: a thrift shop, a yoga class, and even a pet store, where they free all of the animals. Finally, the exhausted flock comes home to roost, but another adventure definitely awaits.

This is a fun, silly story told in a bouncy rhyme with a repeating refrain: “But the chickens will not stop!” and I can imagine a rousing participatory story time using the book. The human pursuers are a multicultural and diversely abled bunch, and the chickens themselves have lots of personality. The art perfectly conveys the humor and energy of the chase. Includes a page of facts about keeping urban chickens.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Perfect for chicken-themed story time and for any family who wants a funny read about keeping chickens in the city.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries

Where would you shelve it ? Picture books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review:  August 17, 2021

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