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Cranky Chicken: Party Animals

Katherine Battersby

8 Reviews

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Comic strip fiction / graphic novels (Children's /


Cranky Chicken and Speedy the worm are back in another laugh-out-loud, heartwarming and brightly illustrated graphic novel for newly independent readers, as Speedy tries to plan a party for a hungry Chicken.

Cranky Chicken is super hungry and the crank-O-meter is on high. What can Speedy the worm do to help?
How about ... a yummy snack? A day at the beach? An unsurprising party?
It's party time for Cranky and Speedy, two Best Feathered Friends!
The second book in a charming illustrated series about mismatched friends who bring joy, companionship and a new perspective to each other's lives. Perfect for newly independent readers and fans of Elephant and Piggie and The Bad Guys.

'a beautiful, warm series ... about empathy, what it means to be a friend and how people with differing worldviews to your own can be the best friends ... for early readers but will be enjoyed by all' ReadPlus

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Praise for Cranky Chicken: Party Animals

  • Will make even the crankiest reader feel that thing that's not cranky. (Happy!) - Kirkus

  • Cranky Chicken is perfect for newly independent readers aged 6+. Battersby's vivid illustrations and clever dialogue will have you hooked from the very first page, warming your heart and making you laugh - I know it did for me. - Better Reading

  • A wonderful tale of unexpected friendship told with sparse text and quirky crayon-like drawings, this book will appeal to a wide-ranged readership. Everything makes Chicken cranky. The sun is too bright, his tail is itchy and irritating leaves have to be kicked out of the way. He accidentally rescues Speedy, a worm stuck under a leaf. Speedy is always happy and determined to make Cranky Chicken his BFF (best feathered friend). Sometimes making the world brighter starts with being cranky together. - Sandy Fussell - The Sunday Telegraph

  • In Cranky Chicken we have one super cranky-about-life chook, and one very joyful and upbeat worm. The dialogue between these two characters is what drives the story and adds such richness, sarcasm and humour to this tale. So few words are used, but each one is so carefully chosen. Likewise, the illustrations appear minimal but contain so very much in terms of visual literacy. What Battersby is able to portray with the flick of an eyebrow is outstanding.Highly recommended. - Megan Daley - Children's Books Daily

  • A charming illustrated series about mismatched friends who bring joy, companionship and a new perspective to each other's lives.

  • - Good Reading

  • Cranky Chicken combines a humorous storyline and an unlikely friendship in a witty and fun book.

  • - Get Kids Booked

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