Yes, this is what might technically categorized as a children’s book. But my reasons for reviewing it on this blog are many. First of all, I’m a second grade teacher so much of what I read falls into this category. Plus, the holiday gifting season is upon us and books do truly make the best gifts. And the best reason of all, it’s really a funny book! In fact, so funny in parts that I couldn’t get the next word out as I was reading it to my class.
So there are these chickens. Four of them, to be exact. And there’s the mama chick, Moosh. Oh and there’s J.J. the dog. He’s in charge of keeping the chickens safe. This first book sets the stage for future stories before diving headfirst into the mystery of “the big and scary thing” that Tail the squirrel finds in the yard. The chickens take it upon themselves to solve the mystery.
Without a doubt, it’s juvenile humor. But any humor is good. And I promise, any young person you read this story to or with will enjoy it. Plus, it’s the first in a series that will appeal to all kinds of readers. Enjoy!
Buy It Now: The Chicken Squad
If you’ve not yet experienced the chilling brilliance that is Lisa Jackson, her New Orleans series is a great place to start.
The series starts out with the unforgettable Hot Blooded and is currently up to Never Die Alone, just released this past summer. Is it absolutely necessary to read them in order? Not really. But as with all great series, they’re best enjoyed read as they were written. The character development is outstanding, and part of the thrill is seeing the changes each key player goes through over the years.
Most of the stories take place in New Orleans, of course. But the crimes do venture outside the area from time to time. Detectives Bentz and Montoya are as good as you’ll find in any series. The rapport between them is authentic and compelling, and it doesn’t diminish over the course of the series. Supporting characters are good as well, although my absolute favorites scenes are still the ones revolving around these two.
And lest you fear that they might become a bit cliche as far as murder goes, no worries! Each one features a distinctly creepy psychopath to contend with.
Sure, I’ll admit I’m a bit biased because of the setting. Go figure. But still, it’s murder mystery at its finest. Each book leaves you guessing until the very end.
Buy It Now: New Orleans series bundle