Saturday, 14 June 2014
Review: Chicken Mission - Danger in the Deep Dark Woods by Jennifer Gray
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: June 5th, 2014
Young chicken Amy Cluckbucket dreams of escaping from Perrin's farm to a life of chicken adventure. One day Amy receives a summons to the Kung Foo School for Poultry in Tibet where she learns she is to become part of an elite chicken squad whose mission is to defeat their evil predators. It sounds like a dream come true for Amy but she's disappointed to find that fellow squad members, Ruth and Boo, don't seem to want to make friends. Ruth is too busy inventing things and Boo has problems of her own. The chickens travel to Chicken HQ to meet their mentor, Professor Rooster. When their first mission flops it is Amy who persuades the others that they should stick together to restore Professor Rooster's faith in them. Through a series of egg-citing adventures and hilarious mishaps the three young chickens learn the value of friendship and teamwork. But will they be ready for their biggest mission so far - to save the chicks of St Eggbert's Primary School from the jaws of their mortal enemy, Thadeus E Fox?
Chicken Mission: Danger in the Deep Dark Woods is the start of Jennifer Gray's brand new children's series all about... chickens! But they're not your usual run-of-the-mill chickens, oh no. These chickens are elite fighters trained to defeat the evil in the world. And they look pretty cool doing it!
Amy Cluckbucket (hehe) has always wanted to escape her parent's farm and do something exciting. One day she gets an invitation to the Kung Foo School for Poultry in Tibet and learns that she's to become part of a special squad. She quickly becomes friends with fellow squad members Ruth and Boo and soon they're on a mission to defeat their worst enemy - Thadeus E. Fox!
I can honestly say I've never read a fictional book about chickens before, but I would absolutely recommend it to everyone. It's so much fun and really quite mad, especially when Thadeus E. Fox and his evil minions come into play. There's laughs, excitement and kick-ass chickens all the way through this book, making it a must-read for anyone who enjoyed Gray's previous Atticus Claw and Guinea Pigs Online series. Or just anyone who likes a good children's book!
The illustrations in Chicken Mission are great too, perfectly depicting Amy and her friends, and even Professor Rooster, one of the wisest chickens in the story. I'm sure younger readers will love this book and all its egg-based jokes, some of which really did make me chuckle. Now, when's the second book out?!