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Author: Doreen Cronin Narrator: Vinnie Penna Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2011 ISBN: 9780062032966
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J.J. Tully is a former search-and rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So he’s not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their chicken mom show up demanding his help to track down their missing siblings. Driven by the promise of a cheeseburger, J.J. begins to track down clues. Is Vince the Funnel hiding something? Are there dark forces at work—or is J.J. not smelling the evidence that’s right in front of him?

Bestselling author Doreen Cronin uses her deadpan humor to pitch-perfect effect in her first novel for young readers. Heavily illustrated with black-and-white artwork from Kevin Cornell, this new series is destined to become a classic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Vinnie Penna is well matched to this takeoff on vintage mysteries. He is clipped and tough as the veteran detective and superior and snide as Vince. He excels at delivering the one-liners—‘life outside the shell not all it is cracked up to be’—in the deadest of deadpan. As mother Mooch, chick Sugar, and determined little Dirt, he shines. Penna uses pauses and speed to heighten the suspense, and jazzy music provides just the right background.”


  • “Spot-on and a clever story ensure this latest from Cronin will be a favorite among middle-grade readers.”

    New York Times

  • “Be prepared for a full-feathered flight of fancy, with a most surprising twist.”

    Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor author of The Underneath

  • “Cronin…brings her droll humor to the chapter book set with great success…Fast-paced and funny, with interesting vocabulary and a well-constructed plot, this is terrific fare for readers who are ready to move beyond picture books, but are intimidated by longer works.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Deadpan humor is much in evidence…J.J. is definitely not as clever as he believes himself to be, allowing readers to gently laugh at as well as with him…Fast and funny.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With its sharp wit and suspenseful mystery, Cronin’s foray into the crowded chapter-book field is a crowd pleaser…A great read-aloud.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Perfect pacing and reliably placed zinger lines keep us engaged and pulled into the next short chapter. A genial denouement involving the pleasures of community and the power of reading is fully earned. Tidily embedded clues…a dandy plot twist, and a cast of hilarious characters add up to a treat of particular delight to fans of the mystery genre, dog lovers, and the chicken positive.”

    Horn Book magazine

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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 Narrator

Vinnie Penna is the narrator of Jeff Brown’s popular Flat Stanley series for children.