Barney Woof Bartholomew, shortly Barney, is a retired rescue dog who just wants to comfortably enjoy his retirement. But then suddenly dipped the chicken Henrietta with her two chicks in front of his doghouse and asks him to look her in tears two other chicks who were kidnapped, according to an ominous message. The chicken tears even soften the hearts of the grumpy dog Barney and therefore have no other choice than to follow the yolk and Flöckchens track
The Trouble with Chickens is a really great children's book, which can guarantee to entertain especially young readers well. Contributing to this are the different sizes, wonderful illustrations by Kevin Cornell, which underline the plot well.
Barneys grumpy type that gives a special touch to the story, his witty sayings and his ingenious comparisons make the book from the very beginning very humorous. In addition, says the ex-rescue dog, from whose perspective the story is largely told from the reader and to directly and builds so equal a connection to him.
There are also a few chapters from the perspective of the villain that stand out by another font already visually from the rest of the book and provide an insight into his thoughts. We know so much so before the protagonist, who has kidnapped the chicks, but not long, why he did that. In any event, Kalle, who is incidentally quite diabolical, clearly something to Barney so it apparently is related to him. Why had it in for him, but of course one learns only at the end.
The hen Henrietta that Barney just Hetti calls is, frankly, a relatively stupid chicken, but their chicks are not only cheeky, but partially correct clever. Hetti she loves obviously and even Barney seems to have finally won the small chicken a little love, in spite of the trouble that they have given him.
The plot is surprisingly pretty exciting, because there are several lives are at stake. Moreover har Doreen Cronin added some interesting twists and behind the kidnapping ultimately is much more than anyone had imagined. At one point, however, a brief explanation would have been desirable, since it is doubtful that children know what tympanostomy tubes are and why Kalle so great is afraid to receive such.
The story is self-contained and comes at the end, as befits a children's book, of course, all good. But who would have thought that a few smart chick, a crazy chicken and a grumpy rescue dog would make such a good team retired.
One question still remains open, namely why Barney's days as a rescue dog are over. Perhaps it reveals the yes then in the sequel, to which one has already get in the mood.
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The Trouble with Chickens is a successful children's book that is able to convince both visually and in substance by funny characters, an exciting storyline and great illustrations. Highly recommended, especially for dog and chicken fans.