Cranky Chicken: Party Animals by Katherine Battersby


            Cranky Chicken: Party Animals by Katherine Battersby, Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2022.  9781534470217

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover graphic novel

Genre:  Fantasy/animal fiction

What did you like about the book? Cranky Chicken is not quite as cranky since having a speedy worm for a friend.  Still her BFF notices she is out of sorts.  Why is she out of sorts?  She is “hangry”.  Angry + hungry = hangry.  Speedy worm is determined to find her something good to eat.  Jell-O? No, it moves.  Doughnuts? No, Cranky does not like food with holes. Ice cream?  Too cold.  Pizza?  Too hot.  Candy?  Too sweet.  Popcorn?  Too salty – and so on.  What does this hangry chicken want to eat?? Well, it is Cranky’s birthday so she wants a birthday cupcake!  Of course she also needs a party.  And the party needs to be “un”surprising and the party needs a movie – that Cranky likes.  Battersby created her illustrations digitally using custom chalk, pastel and watercolor brushes.  They are simple with Cranky and Speedy outlined with heavy blue lines.  Other colors are soft pastel, pictures done in comic book style. The words are mostly simple, done in a largish, easy-to-read font.  This is a fun follow-up to Cranky Chicken.

Anything you did not like about the book?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book? Those who read the first Cranky Chicken will enjoy this one.  It is a nice introduction to graphic novels for the younger crowd.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary (lower) school libraries

Where would you shelve it? J graphic novels

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Maybe not, but silly fun.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Contributor, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  June 23, 2022

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