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Author: Doreen Cronin Narrator: Adam Grupper, Michele O. Medlin Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Chicken Squad Series Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9781490614755
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No job is too big or small for the shortest, yellowest, fuzziest detectives around: the Chicken Squad.

The Chicken Squad chicks—Dirt, Sugar, Poppy, and Sweetie—are not your typical barnyard puffs of fluff, and they are not about to spend their days pecking chicken feed and chasing bugs. They’re too busy solving mysteries and fighting crime! So when Squirrel comes barreling into the chicken coop, the chicks know they’re about to get a case. But with his poor knowledge of shapes (“big” is not a shape!) and utter fear of whatever it is that’s out there, the panicky Squirrel is no help. It’s a good thing these chicks are professionals.

But even professionals get worried, especially once they see that big, round, shiny, green thing in the yard. What if it’s a UFO full of aliens who want chickens as pets? It’s up to the Chicken Squad to crack a case that just might be out of this world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The chicks [have] their individual personalities. Each one pursues his or her own agenda, though they are often united in a common cause. Like four small, fuzzy, yellow Don Quixotes, they see giants in windmills or, in this case, aliens in [their] backyard.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Trouble arrives in the guise of Tail, a terrified squirrel who storms the chicken coop insisting that ‘something big and scary’ is after him. Led by Sugar, who records clues in her notebook, and Dirt, who uses her sketchpad to decipher the shape of the interloper, the chick siblings (camouflaged as clods of grass) and Tail set out to confront what they assume is a UFO…Full-tilt slapstick springs from the chicks’ banter and Tail’s melodramatic ranting.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Those cheeky chicks are back—this time in a series all their own…Kids who enjoyed the first two books in the J. J. Tully Mysteries series will be delighted that the four intrepid chicks take center stage in this laugh-out-loud new chapter book series.”

    School Library Journal

  • “An amusing beginning chapter book.”


  • “In this delightful spinoff of the J. J. Tully series, this time the chickens are in charge—sort of…Cronin keeps the mystery moving right along, allowing it to build at just the right pace for new readers to guess along with the…chickens…The more challenging words are repeated many times as the chickens recount the story for each other and Tail, making this a great first chapter book.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “The audiobook is made even more entertaining by the expert voicing, pacing, and inflection of narrators Adam Grupper and Michele O. Medlin. Moving swiftly from solemn to silly, the two depict the serious dog J. J. Tully and the exuberantly youthful chicks to perfection… It’s all great fun for listeners who are ready for short chapter books.”


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About the Author

Doreen Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of picture books such as Rescue Bunnies, the Diary of… series, and Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a Caldecott Honor Book. She also wrote The Trouble with Chickens, the first book in the J. J. Tully Mystery series. When she was growing up, Doreen’s dogs were Archie and Trapper, named after two of her favorite television characters. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

About the Narrators

Adam Grupper, award-winning narrator, has garnered honors from AudioFile magazine, Publishers Weekly, iTunes, the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences, and the Audio Publishers Association. He has been in eleven Broadway productions, including the acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof. His film and television credits include The Rebound, Homeland, Master of None, Music and Lyrics, Two Weeks Notice, Elementary, and Allegiance.

Michele O. Medlin is an actress and voice-over artist who has lent her talents to many audiobooks, including Check, Please!, Funny Business, Lulu and the Brontosaurus, and The Chicken Squad.