The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

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Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: March 20, 2007
Contributors: Shelley Jackson (Illustrator)
ISBN13: 978-0374312510


Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother's farm except one—the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited narrator regales readers with her campaign to catch Miss Hen, but this chicken is "fast as a mosquito buzzing and quick as a fleabite." Our chicken chaser has her mind set on winning, until she discovers that sometimes it's just as satisfying not to catch chickens as it is to catch them.

A fresh voice full of sass and inventive, bold collage illustrations full of surprises create a childlike escapade brimming with funny high jinks that leads the reader on a merry, memorable chase.


The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year

“This book just begs to be read aloud, with long pauses to take in the complexity of the gorgeous half painted, half collage illustrations.”
―Time Magazine

“Never has the expression "feathers will fly" been aptly illustrated as in this vivacious story.”
—Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

“Both words and pictures elevate a simple story about a girl's sly, barnyard game into a rollicking, well-told delight. A first-rate read-aloud.”
—Starred Review, Booklist

“This funny story will have city kids longing for the chance to chase (and/or nurture) some chickens themselves.”
—Starred Review, The Horn Book

“The mischief sings in every syllable of this energetic tale . . . Harrington's storytelling style makes the prose jump from page to ear.”
—Starred Review, The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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“A marvelously delicious read-aloud.”
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“A spirited read-aloud.”
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