The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin Book Review

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin Book ReviewThe Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin
Illustrator: Kevin Cornell
Series: J.J. Tully Mystery #1
Published by Harper Collins on March 1st 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Social Themes, Friendship, Lifestyles, Farm & Ranch Life, Animals, Dogs
Pages: 144
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9780062069771

From the bestselling, award-winning author-illustrator team of Doreen Cronin and Kevin Cornell comes the first book in a heavily illustrated, hilarious chapter book series about the adventures of a dog detective. Perfect for fans of Sara Pennypacker's Clementine series and Jarrett J. Krosoczka's Lunch Lady series.

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 find 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?

The Trouble With Chickens by Doreen Cronin is an adorable children’s chapter book. J.J. Tully had a fantastic career as a search and rescue dog, and from the start of the story, he is currently enjoying retirement. As this is a story, we know things don’t stay quite so peaceful for J.J. One day two chicks, Dirt and Sugar, and the mother hen, Hazel, come to J.J. asking for help in tracking down the missing siblings with the promise of a cheeseburger for a reward.

So, this isn’t my normal type of a read at all. But the word chicken was in the title and I have an inside joke with my friends about chickens, so I snapped up The Trouble With Chickens at BEA. I wound up reading Doreen Cronin’s book for the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon. It’s actually pretty fun for a children’s book.

The Trouble With Chickens reads like an old time mystery, but with animals. Sort of like,Hercule Poirot, but with a German Shepherd and less refinement. It’s entertaining if your sense of humor is like mine. I mean, hell there’s a dog with one of those neck collar brace things, and it’s the bad guy. Totally awesome.

J.J. Tully, the main character, is very brave. He’s also humorous, because he takes everything so seriously and guys it’s kind of hard for me to take dogs seriously.

The Trouble With Chickens is definitely a cute book and I think children will enjoy it.

Disclosure: Picked up at BEA.

Other Reviews of The Trouble With Chickens:

Purchase or Preview The Trouble With Chickens:

About April (Books&Wine)

April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. one of my college years, my friends and I decorated our bathroom in chickens. We even put up the Chicken limbo and everything!
    This book looks cute. 🙂

  2. We’re a very Cronin-friendly house…what with three little Bookworms here and all. Wait, is this a Cronin CHAPTER book?

Leave a Comment


CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: