Monday, May 21, 2012

The Trouble with Chickens (SSYRA book)

        My students and I recently completed our first SSYRA book for next year and I wanted to give it a little plug in case you might be looking for a great new addition for your classroom library and/or a cute story for a read aloud.  So the author is Doreen Cronin and this chapter book is as funny and amusing as some of her other well known books like Click Clack Moo Cows that Type.  The chapters are brief and include come pictures which is great for students that are transitioning into chapter books because only some visualization is required.  There are some good vocabulary words and a lot of humor!  Without giving away too much the story is about a dog named JJ Tully who is a retired search and rescue dog and has come to live at Barb's house and finds himself getting pulled out of retirement to help his neighbors solve a mysterious disappearance.  My students and I really loved this book and I would highly recommend it!!!  Oh and I almost forgot to mention I think that there is going to be a series of the JJ Tully mystery books (because there is at least a second book), which in my opinion makes it an even better book!
The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery (J. J. Tully Mysteries)


  1. Thanks for linking up and plugging this book. I have to admit it is in my library (thank you Scholastic) but I haven't read it yet. I'm going to move it to the top of pile for the beginning of the year. It sounds like a great book for starting 4th grade as many of my readers will still be reading on 3rd grade level or below. Thanks!

    The Teaching Thief

  2. You and your students will definitely enjoy it! It is absolutely adorable, but with Doreen Cronin as the author would you expect any less?