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Review: Chickenhare

Chickenhare

by Chris Grine

Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound

Published: Scholastic GRAPHIX (February 1, 2013)

Recommended Reading Age: 11 & up

In a nutshell: Chickenhare has the body of a rabbit with the legs and feathers of a chicken. His friend Abe is a bearded turtle. Together, these two friends find themselves caught in quite the predicament. Trekking through a snowy tundra,  a foul hunter has captured them and is transporting them to a mad taxidermist who likes to kill, stuff, and dress up exotic animals. Weird right? It gets weirder. Once the hunter hands over Chickenhare and Abe, they are thrown into cages with two other unusual prisoners, a monkey-looking smart aleck named Banjo, and Meg, a small, but intense horned creature with purple hair and a cape. And let’s not forget the ghostly goat wearing a top hat and monocle with unexplained and fleeting appearances throughout. In an effort to escape the insane taxidermist and save their lives, the four team up in a bizarre adventure with humorous exchanges along the way to an ending that is… well… weird.

Suffice it to say, it’s a relatively quick read for the middle school-age kids who welcome a little “dark and strange” in their reading appetites. Originally published as a  three part series that was previously released under Dark Horse Comics a few years ago, Chickenhare is now in the limelight of tween readers, re-released under Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint, GRAPHIX. Even though Chickenhare is more accessible to younger readers, it definitely isn’t appropriate for kids younger than 6th grade. Even I was a little creeped out by the lunatic Klaus, the taxidermist, and his sinister gang of thugs. It was a little too bizarre for my taste, but I know there’s an audience of kids who will surely enjoy it.

Don’t take my word for it: See what kids have to say about this title in KIDS SCORE: Chickenhare on the OWL Blog

Trailer:

Chickenhare book trailer from chris grine on Vimeo.

Extras: Chickenhare’s blog home the BEST Chickenhare website… EVER.

Source of book reviewed: Review copy provided by the kind and gracious folks at Scholastic.

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