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Poultrygeist Hardcover – Picture Book, August 10, 2021
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It’s punny. It’s spooky. It’s a meta picture book that puts a fresh spin on an old joke and elevates chicken comedy to ghastly new levels. A little spring chicken crosses the road but quickly gets flattened under a semitruck. The barnyard beasts who’ve gone before break the news: now that Chicken’s fried—dispatched to the Other Side—Chicken has a job, an unwanted job, as a noisy troublemaking ghost. This fowl may be weak in the beak, but Chicken knows that scaring people isn’t nice. There is such a thing as a friendly ghost, after all—isn’t there? Loaded with laughs and shivers, this Halloween-ready treat features ghoulishly funny art by the illustrator of the #1 New York Times best-selling Bad Seed series. Let the haunting begin!
No chickens were harmed in the making of this book.
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Also illustrated by Pete Oswald!
"The relationship between the father and child makes this not just a picture book set in the outdoors, but a warm expression of how memories are created and bonds form. Like the woods, this book is an immersive experience that invites repeated visits."
— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Thanks to a passing semi, a chicken crossing the road definitely gets to the Other Side—but rejects the insistence of hovering deer, possum, and other fellow roadkill that it’s payback time. . . Young audiences may have different views, though, and Oswald obliges by crafting cartoon images of spectral wildlife with staring, glaring eyes and shark-like teeth, and also making use of page turns to work dramatic “jump!”–worthy changes of size and expression.
An amusing concept and attendant wordplay (“Show a little pluck, Cluck!”) by debut author Geron gets a big assist from Oswald’s marvelous digital illustrations: intricate, iridescent textures; fluorescent colors; and lots of comic exaggeration evoke a spectral world that’s also reassuringly silly.
[Geron] is serendipitously paired with artist and production designer Oswald. The dynamic duo absolutely know how to entertain, Geron with the clever, multilayered phrases ("cock-a-doodle-BOO!"; "ghosts of a feather haunt together!"), Oswald with the colorful and expressive, digitally created ghouls and goblins ready to engage and captivate from the OTHER SIDE. The result proves supernaturally spooktacular. . . cleverly captivating.
Against the digital illustrations’ midnight-dark backgrounds, the brightly colored poltergeists’ silliness should prevent young readers from feeling too “weak in the beak”. . . . It’s hard to feel chicken when a book is this clucking hilarious.
—The Horn Book
About the Author
Pete Oswald is the author-illustrator of Hike and the illustrator of the New York Times bestsellers The Bad Seed and The Good Egg, both written by Jory John. He worked as a character designer and/or concept artist on the popular films Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Hotel Transylvania, and ParaNorman. He was also the art director and production designer for The Angry Birds Movie. Pete Oswald lives in Santa Monica with his wife and three sons.
- Publisher : Candlewick (August 10, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1536210501
- ISBN-13 : 978-1536210507
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 15.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 10.25 x 0.36 x 9.34 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #314,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2021
But who is this for? Reflecting on our little guys, one would be creeped out, one would think it hilarious, one would be indifferent, and the littlest would run around the house for days pretending to be road kill. I sort of like the idea of this just as an experiment before moving on to more ghoulish treats. (After all, the chicken is pretty friendly.) And I often think we don't give kids enough credit for being able to take a joke. But I'd still probably not choose this for bedtime.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Chicken's job is one that no one wants ---scaring people by pretending to be a ghost. You be the judge -- is chicken a friendly ghost or a spooky one?
I loved the clever premise of this book and it's perfect for younger kids and Halloween. In some cases adults may need to explain some of the funny, clever parts of the story so the littlest ones can fully enjoy it but, 7 and 8 year olds who enjoy spooky stuff will enjoy the darker elements here. It's cute, intended to be funny and I thought the art was incredible as well.