|Gladys the magic chicken|
Author: Rubin, Adam
In Ancient Times, Gladys the dancing chicken goes on an epic adventure when she is mistaken for a magical chicken who grants wishes to those she encounters.
Kirkus Reviews (10/01/21)
Booklist (+) (09/15/21)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/21)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 09/15/2021 *Starred Review* In this magical (not to mention hilarious) tale from “Ancient Times,” a chicken that grants wishes—or maybe just has a real knack for being around when wishes are granted—passes through the hands of a shepherd boy who wishes he were beautiful, a pouty teenage princess delighted to be swept away to sea by a dashing pirate, and several others on the way to becoming a legend. In Rex’s rolling, rambunctious illustrations, Gladys, ejecting the occasional egg and positively radiating cluelessness, floats through the brisk action alongside comically theatrical figures and undulating scrolls of dialogue printed in an appropriately geometric type style. Misadventure soon follows misadventure in quick succession on the way to an unlikely happy-ever-after reunion with the shepherd boy, who has achieved his wish by growing up to become a dazzling hunk. In the annals of fabulous fowl, surely Gladys reigns supreme, and readers wishing themselves to see “magic in the world” will join the princess in singing her praise: “Her dancing is enchanting, / And her eggs are tasty too. / Glaaaaadys the Maaaagic Chiiiiicken, / Abra-cock-a-doodle-dee-doo!” HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Everybody loves Adams! Rubin’s Dragons Love Tacos and Rex’s Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich were best-sellers. What else could happen here?! - Copyright 2021 Booklist.