Life on the farm is good for Louise the chicken. She enjoys her comfortable henhouse, her friend Monique, and the caring farmer and his wife. But Louise sometimes longs to leave the farm and experience true adventure. Soon she finds herself braving chicken-eating pirates, facing ravenous lions, and enduring imprisonment. But Louise always makes it back home. For even this most adventurous of fowls sometimes likes to be safe and snug in her own henhouse-nestled down in fresh, sweet-smelling straw. "DiCamillo's brisk, comic narrative crackles with read-aloud savoriness, and her respect for Louise makes the book all the funnier."-Publishers Weekly
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"Louise is not your ordinary chicken; longing for adventure, she travels across seas, participates in a circus, and has her fortune told. Barbara Rosenblat's commanding narration brings Louise's daring nature fully to light. Drawing out the drama of the hen's close call with pirates, her narrow escape from the jaws of a lion, and a daring jailbreak, Rosenblat inflates Louise's small story to maximum advantage, much to the delight of listeners. Highlighting DiCamillo's wordplay and alliteration ("the pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful"), Rosenblat creates an unlikely but likable (and quite unflappable) heroine who remains unruffled even in the face of great danger. Great illustrations by Harry Bliss in the read-along version add to listeners' enjoyment. J.C.G. 2010 Odyssey Award, 2010 Audies Finalist (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"
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