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Booklist - 11/01/2018 Farmer Otis and his family love their chickens. They have 11: the colorful ones, Trixie, Grace, Bitsy, and Boo; and 7 more white hens, all named Joyce. The family writes each hen’s name on their eggs as they collect them—the neighbors have favorites. One day, after her usual arugula salad, Trixie has something to say: “NO MORE ARUGULA” she writes in the dirt. Over the next few days, Willie and Belle, the farmer’s children, find more chicken talk scrawled in the dirt, words that grow increasingly demanding and finally culminate in seven statements, all along the same lines: “Too many Joyces!” Children will love suggesting names for the Joyces (though the Joyces have plenty of suggestions of their own), as they speculate what the chickens will write next. The multimedia, cartoon illustrations using India ink and brushes fill the spreads with color and character, as each chicken and human strut across the pages. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

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