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The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery

Review

The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery

written by Doreen Cronin , illustrated by Kevin Cornell

J.J. Tully is a former search-and-rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement on a farm after years of performing daring missions saving lives. But his relaxation is disrupted one day when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar, along with their chicken mom, show up demanding his help to track down their missing siblings.

J.J. has been sent on missions to track down missing people and search for criminals, but he has never been asked to look for lost chickens. He feels this is beneath him, but decides to take the case after much harassing from Moosh, the mother hen. After all, how hard can it be to find a couple of missing chicks? And who can pass up the promise of a cheeseburger when the job is finished?

This hilarious tongue-in-cheek tale is written in the manner of an old-fashioned detective story, narrated mostly by J.J himself. A couple of chapters are written in the voice of Vince the Funnel, the villain who just happens to be another dog.

Doreen Cronin is no stranger to writing from an animal's perspective. She has a whole host of "animal-narrated" book credits to her name, including DIARY OF A WORM and DUCK FOR PRESIDENT. Kevin Cornell lends his artistic touch to the pages with delightful black-and-white sketches sprinkled liberally throughout.

I have not read Cronin's previous works, but judging by the way this book is written, I can see why she is a bestselling author. Her writing style is funny and fast-paced, and the story has enough twists and turns to keep mystery lovers --- young and old alike --- turning the pages. I know I did!

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on May 1, 2011

The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery
written by Doreen Cronin , illustrated by Kevin Cornell

  • Publication Date: March 1, 2011
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray
  • ISBN-10: 0061215325
  • ISBN-13: 9780061215322