Are You Ready to Hatch An Unusual Chicken? (Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer #2)
Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown is finally settling into her new home and her new role as keeper of some highly unusual chickens--chickens with secret superpowers!
But the arrival of two new magical chickens for her flock and some unusual eggs to be incubated and hatched (what will their superpowers be?), plus an impending inspection from the Unusual Poultry Committee (who even knew this existed?) has Sophie feeling pretty stressed out. Her older cousin, Lupe, is coming to stay with her family, which is great--but will Lupe like chickens too? And on top of it all, Sophie's first day at her new school is rapidly approaching!
In this wildly funny and quirky novel told in letters and lists and quizzes, Sophie learns that even an exceptional poultry farmer can use some help.
Adorable and heartfelt sequel
Are You Ready To Hatch An Unusual Chicken? is a delightful follow-up to Kelly Jones's Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer. Just when Sophie thinks she might have a handle on her unusual chickens, new eggs come her way. It's up to her to hatch them safely- all while navigating a new school, her cousin moving in, and her already hatched chickens being their usual (or rather, unusual) selves.
This series is told mostly in letters to Sophie's late relatives and in fun illustrations. This format makes for a quick read and excellent for reluctant readers who want something out of the ordinary.
Sophie's voice is clear and sincere. Much like the best shows involving smaller towns, every character is memorable and the right amount of quirky. I especially like the mailperson who is always there to help when needed. One of the most powerful underlying themes is the power of community, and every side character plays a specific role in bringing that out.
Jones ability to weave heavier themes of grief, anxiety, and major changes into a story about caring for unusual chickens is stunning. Readers will find themselves in moments of tears and laughter, ready to hug the book at the close.