Top critical review
Solid middle grade fun
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2020
Rex Dexter wants a dog, needs a dog, no, deserves a dog! And, not just any dog, but a chocolate Labrador. It's really too bad that his parents don't see that he's mature enough to have one and get him a chicken for his birthday instead. Rex and his best friend Darvish take the chicken on a walk to the pet store to buy supplies when they get distracted by an old fashioned carnival game. While Rex is playing the game and getting cursed by the Grim Reaper, his new pet chicken gets run over and flattened. The chicken's ghost comes back to "haunt" Rex by being his best friend and lots of fun ensues. Eventually, other ghosts of dead animals join the chicken, forcing Rex and Darvish to figure out the mystery of why they are still around. What unfinished business do they have?
Rex is egocentric and self-important, but he cares about his friends and the ghosts he sees. Darvish is funny and patient. This book is good, clean fun with no questionable content. Although I prefer Reynolds' picture books (<i>Creepy Carrots</i> and <i>Creepy Pair of Underwear</i> are both hilarious and clever), this is a solid middle grade offering and most kids ages 8 to 12 will find entertaining. Definitely recommended.
Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.