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She longed for adventure. So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world. The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar. Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine . . . She was brave. She was fearless She longed for adventure. So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world. The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar. Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine . . . She was brave. She was fearless. She was feathered. She was a chicken. A not-so-chicken chicken. Her name?


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She longed for adventure. So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world. The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar. Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine . . . She was brave. She was fearless She longed for adventure. So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world. The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar. Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine . . . She was brave. She was fearless. She was feathered. She was a chicken. A not-so-chicken chicken. Her name?

30 review for Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken [With Hardcover Book(s)]

  1. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    What a beautiful fun story! The kids loved this book. They laughed, the were engaged in the story. Louise longs for adventure. She also loves having a safe home to come back to. Louise goes out and has some wonderful adventures that nearly claim her life. She ends up having much to talk about. I love the artwork. It is fantastic and Kate always tells a fantastic story. Cute.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    A fun book with adorable pictures! There is nothing especially "amazing" about the story, and yet it is so much fun to go along with Louise as she seeks out new adventures, then returns to her cozy, familiar roost when she's sampled enough from any one adventure. I really hate to say this, because it sounds like a horrible pun, but I just kept thinking "Louise is just so plucky" and her glittering determination is fun and even a bit inspiring! ;-> The illustrations are great, Louise radiates per A fun book with adorable pictures! There is nothing especially "amazing" about the story, and yet it is so much fun to go along with Louise as she seeks out new adventures, then returns to her cozy, familiar roost when she's sampled enough from any one adventure. I really hate to say this, because it sounds like a horrible pun, but I just kept thinking "Louise is just so plucky" and her glittering determination is fun and even a bit inspiring! ;-> The illustrations are great, Louise radiates personality and makes me smile. And, of course, it's neat to see a brave chicken!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Louise the chicken is adventure-bound in the three stories presented in this picture-book from two-time Newbery medalist Kate DiCamillo. In episode one Louise goes to sea, enduring a pirate attack and shipwreck in the course of her sailing life. In the second installment, she joins the circus as a tightrope walker, narrowly avoiding being eaten by the circus lion when she falls from her high perch. In the third and final tale, Louise finds her way to a far country (Near Eastern, by the look of i Louise the chicken is adventure-bound in the three stories presented in this picture-book from two-time Newbery medalist Kate DiCamillo. In episode one Louise goes to sea, enduring a pirate attack and shipwreck in the course of her sailing life. In the second installment, she joins the circus as a tightrope walker, narrowly avoiding being eaten by the circus lion when she falls from her high perch. In the third and final tale, Louise finds her way to a far country (Near Eastern, by the look of it), where she is imprisoned by the tall, dark stranger about whom she'd been warned by a fortune-teller, and must make her escape. In each of the three stories in Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, our heroine is led by a sense of wanderlust out into the world, and by a sense of homesickness and longing for peace and security back to her own farm. I found it interesting that in the final story, the point is made that chickens should be allowed to wander free, rather than living constricted lives in cramped quarters. Perhaps a commentary on modern agricultural production? It was also interesting to note that Louise turns from adventurer to storyteller at the close of the book, sharing the joys and terrors of her travels with her friends at home. I'm not sure that this is destined to be a favorite - it was pleasant, but mostly unremarkable - but I was interested to see what DiCamillo, whose novels for older children are so accomplished, would do with the picture-book form. Recommended to anyone looking for picture-books featuring characters who march to the beat of their own drummer.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John

    I figured I should review this, since it has become the biggest hit in Morton household audiobooks. Fred (just now 4) got the book at the library, with the CD so he can follow along (when you hear this sound, turn the page...) I have heard this one at least a dozen times now, both in our living room and on two consecutive trips to Maine. We renewed it. Fred loves that there are pirates. Honestly, Louise's adventures are pretty good. The reader is great too, she does French accents for the chicke I figured I should review this, since it has become the biggest hit in Morton household audiobooks. Fred (just now 4) got the book at the library, with the CD so he can follow along (when you hear this sound, turn the page...) I have heard this one at least a dozen times now, both in our living room and on two consecutive trips to Maine. We renewed it. Fred loves that there are pirates. Honestly, Louise's adventures are pretty good. The reader is great too, she does French accents for the chickens. This is the rare book that doesn't bug me the 17th time through.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    I'd been wanting to read this book for a while now, but every time I looked for it on the shelf it was checked out. At last I've had my chance, and it was worth the wait. Louise is a chicken who longs for adventure, and flies the coop looking for it. This book relates three of her adventures--at sea (captured by pirates!), at the circus (on the trapeze!), and overseas (at what appears to be an Arabic marketplace). In each adventure, however, Louise's homesickness points her wings toward home, wh I'd been wanting to read this book for a while now, but every time I looked for it on the shelf it was checked out. At last I've had my chance, and it was worth the wait. Louise is a chicken who longs for adventure, and flies the coop looking for it. This book relates three of her adventures--at sea (captured by pirates!), at the circus (on the trapeze!), and overseas (at what appears to be an Arabic marketplace). In each adventure, however, Louise's homesickness points her wings toward home, where her sister hens are eager to hear about her latest adventures. My favorite part of the story is when Louise releases the hens trapped in the cage with her by picking the lock with her wing. So cute! Harry Bliss' colorful illustrations make this a visual treat. He sure can draw cute chickens! My favorite picture is the last 2-page spread, showing all the hens in their nesting boxes, with the pigs and dog sleeping nearby and the cat peering out the barn door into the rain. Though the text doesn't mention any particular country as the setting, one gets the idea from Bliss' illustrations that it's France, because all the hens have French names written in signs above their nesting boxes, and when Louise resigns from the circus she hands in a paper entitled "La Resignation." I wonder why he did that? Anyway, this story would make a great readaloud for middle to upper elementary age kids, and is recommended for anyone who loves adventure and chickens.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    If anyone could imbue a chicken with a personality worthy of an epic journey it would be Kate DiCamillo, but even she may not quite be up to such a challenge. However, although Louise may not have the personality of Gollie, Mercy, or Despereaux, her tale is just as charming. And really, should we expect any author to truly see into the soul of a chicken? Louise yearns for the adventures that we all regularly encounter our dreams. Since she is actually living out those dreams, when she returns hom If anyone could imbue a chicken with a personality worthy of an epic journey it would be Kate DiCamillo, but even she may not quite be up to such a challenge. However, although Louise may not have the personality of Gollie, Mercy, or Despereaux, her tale is just as charming. And really, should we expect any author to truly see into the soul of a chicken? Louise yearns for the adventures that we all regularly encounter our dreams. Since she is actually living out those dreams, when she returns home she is able to sleep "the deep and dreamless and peaceful sleep of true adventurers." The excitement of each chapter ends with that rhythmically written image of peaceful sleep, including the epilogue-like final chapter, making this a good bedtime story read in pieces or in its entirety. As a picture book, there is plenty of visual context to support an ELL in understanding the words. This is particularly important when the story has several severe breaks from the normal A to B to C progression of a simple tale. A chicken on a farm - no, on a ship under attack by pirates - no, auditioning for a circus. It would be reasonable for an English language learner to doubt their own understanding with a tale like this. (The unusual use of chapters will also help readers come to terms with the shifts in narrative.)

  7. 5 out of 5

    NS-Christine Johnson

    Louise was not like other chickens. She was not content to stay in the henhouse, so she set out for an adventure on the high seas. Just as Louise was beginning to think the sea wasn't as exciting as she expected, a pirate ship appeared! With a little luck, Louise was able to escape the pirates. She headed back to the henhouse for some rest, but Louise still longed for adventure. When the circus came to town, Louise finds herself in the high wire act! Just as soon as this too started to become du Louise was not like other chickens. She was not content to stay in the henhouse, so she set out for an adventure on the high seas. Just as Louise was beginning to think the sea wasn't as exciting as she expected, a pirate ship appeared! With a little luck, Louise was able to escape the pirates. She headed back to the henhouse for some rest, but Louise still longed for adventure. When the circus came to town, Louise finds herself in the high wire act! Just as soon as this too started to become dull, the lion got loose! Again, Louise somehow managed to escape. Louise returned to the henhouse for some rest, yet still craved adventure. This time Louise traveled to a land far away, where there was a crowded bazaar. After visiting a fortune teller, a strange man captured Louise and carried her to a cage full of other chickens! Will Louise be able to escape yet again, or are her days of adventure finally over? I read the tumblebooks version of this story. The narrators were wonderful, even performing believable French accents! The camera movement also helped make the pictures come to life.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    My main reason for liking this book is because it's unapologetically weird. However, it lacks something fundamental that it would need to elevate it to the status of a great book. The kids get a kick out of it and I love the fact that it's long, but the stories just don't pack as much punch as they could. Everything seems a little dry. I feel like a more appropriate illustrator could have been found than Bliss, whose pictures are a bit modern for a story apparently set in the 17- or 1800s. The st My main reason for liking this book is because it's unapologetically weird. However, it lacks something fundamental that it would need to elevate it to the status of a great book. The kids get a kick out of it and I love the fact that it's long, but the stories just don't pack as much punch as they could. Everything seems a little dry. I feel like a more appropriate illustrator could have been found than Bliss, whose pictures are a bit modern for a story apparently set in the 17- or 1800s. The story could have flowed a little better, too. The biggest dissapointment of this book is that it really wouldn't have taken much more work to make it great. All that said, it's the easiest task in the world to prompt the kids to draw or write about Louise's Next Adventure. The results are uniformly hilarious.

  9. 5 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library. A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Qt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spoiler Alert Fun story (though I admit to feeling sorry for the drowned pirate :-/). I adore the artwork! Louise makes such a delightful heroine.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    Louise is not a “chicken” chicken. Instead, Louise shatters chicken stereotypes with her courageous spirit and longing for adventure. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken tells the story of a chicken who literally dreams of exciting journeys and dangerous circumstances. Louise’s adventures are chronicled in three separate chapters. The first voyage takes place at sea. Louise finds herself aboard a ship and is disappointed by the lack of adventure. Soon the “true adventure” she craves reveals it Louise is not a “chicken” chicken. Instead, Louise shatters chicken stereotypes with her courageous spirit and longing for adventure. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken tells the story of a chicken who literally dreams of exciting journeys and dangerous circumstances. Louise’s adventures are chronicled in three separate chapters. The first voyage takes place at sea. Louise finds herself aboard a ship and is disappointed by the lack of adventure. Soon the “true adventure” she craves reveals itself as a pirate ship approaches. The pirates board her quiet, tranquil ship and she finds herself in a heap of danger. Fortunately for Louise, a storm brews and the ship full of hungry pirates sinks. A circus is the setting for the next exploit. Once again, Louise yearns for more excitement and leaves her henhouse. She follows the loud music she hears in the distance and finds herself standing in an audition line. Her circus audition lands her on the high wire where she is initially bored. Before long, the circus lion gets loose below and Louise has her “true adventure” at the circus. She falls from the high wire and must flee from the ravenous lion. Happily, clever Louise escapes with the help of a clown. The final adventure takes place in a far away land at a fabulous bazaar. Louise stumbles across a fortune-teller who tells her that she will come across a dark stranger. Almost immediately, Louise is whisked away by her feet and thrown in a cage with other chickens. Her passionate personality reveals itself as she rallies the other chickens and convinces them that being forced to live in a cage is unjust! She works diligently and is able to peck open the lock freeing herself and the other chickens. In my opinion, this children’s picture book should be considered for the Calecott Medal. The illustrations by Harry Bliss are noticeably excellent. He uses bold colors, contrasts and shadows. Each illustration is full of details and depth allowing the reader to plunge into the story as if he or she is right there in the scene. The writing and illustrations are both individually distinct. There is a clear story-line and theme involving both adventure and the tender feeling one gets each time one returns home. DiCamillo develops the bold, courageous and home-loving character of Louise beautifully. This book can be used as an elementary level read-aloud. It may be a bit long for Kindergarten, but would probably work well with grades one through five. It lends itself to discussions about irony and stereotypes. I believe students will enjoy the skillfully crafted illustrations and well-written story about the free-spirited and home-loving Louise.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I know I don't usually review children's books on my blog, even though I read plenty of them with my seven-year-old daughter. But the audio recording of this book won the 2010 ALSC/Booklist/YALSA Odyssey Award and was announced at Youth Media Awards two weeks ago. A friend of mine was on the committee and they know they listened to hours and hours of audiobooks to find the best ones. Of course, I had to listen! So last night my daughter and I listened to the CD as we followed along in the book. A I know I don't usually review children's books on my blog, even though I read plenty of them with my seven-year-old daughter. But the audio recording of this book won the 2010 ALSC/Booklist/YALSA Odyssey Award and was announced at Youth Media Awards two weeks ago. A friend of mine was on the committee and they know they listened to hours and hours of audiobooks to find the best ones. Of course, I had to listen! So last night my daughter and I listened to the CD as we followed along in the book. And, wow. What an awesome audiobook! The sound effects were marvelous and the narrator's voice was amazing. The different characters' voices were so distinct and Addie and I were anxiously awaiting the turn of each page. Louise goes on three adventures--a ship, the circus, and a Middle Eastern bazaar. And Louise is one tough chicken. :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    LOUISE, THE ADVENTURES OF A CHICKEN One thing I find so impressive about the writing of Kate DiCamillo is that her writing voice is SO evident, regardless of the category or genre she is writing for. That said, with her writing voice being so compelling and endearing to so many readers---certainly me!---it's impossible not to love everything she writes. It was a pleasure to see a picture book of more length written in the form of chapters. This sweet, funny, warm book about a VERY adventurous LOUISE, THE ADVENTURES OF A CHICKEN One thing I find so impressive about the writing of Kate DiCamillo is that her writing voice is SO evident, regardless of the category or genre she is writing for. That said, with her writing voice being so compelling and endearing to so many readers---certainly me!---it's impossible not to love everything she writes. It was a pleasure to see a picture book of more length written in the form of chapters. This sweet, funny, warm book about a VERY adventurous chicken is sure to delight readers of ANY age! Thanks again, Kate, for another book to treasure :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Little John

    We borrowed this book from the library. Mommy was interested in finding out about a chicken with the same name as her mother who adventures with pirates and the circus and visits the middle east and frees prisoners. It was an interesting book with lots of pictures of chickens and other interesting things, but didn't really grip LottleJohn's attention. The part he liked the best was the picture at the end where all the chickens and the puppy and the pigs are asleep. Perhaps we'll try reading this We borrowed this book from the library. Mommy was interested in finding out about a chicken with the same name as her mother who adventures with pirates and the circus and visits the middle east and frees prisoners. It was an interesting book with lots of pictures of chickens and other interesting things, but didn't really grip LottleJohn's attention. The part he liked the best was the picture at the end where all the chickens and the puppy and the pigs are asleep. Perhaps we'll try reading this again when we're older.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home. Dorothy, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. I love chickens so chicken stories always get good marks with me, why because some of my best friends are chickens or roosters. Did you ever read Chicken Boy? Great book! (Thought I would put in a plug there). I hope that's ok. There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home. Dorothy, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore. I love chickens so chicken stories always get good marks with me, why because some of my best friends are chickens or roosters. Did you ever read Chicken Boy? Great book! (Thought I would put in a plug there). I hope that's ok.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leigh

    DiCamillo is a genius and Bliss' illustrations are plucky perfection. Louise (a "not so chicken chicken") longs for adventure and sails the high seas with pirates, performs daring high-wire feats in the circus and rescues caged chickens and then returns home to sleep the "peaceful sleep of a true adventurer." DiCamillo is a genius and Bliss' illustrations are plucky perfection. Louise (a "not so chicken chicken") longs for adventure and sails the high seas with pirates, performs daring high-wire feats in the circus and rescues caged chickens and then returns home to sleep the "peaceful sleep of a true adventurer."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I enjoyed this book. Louise is a chicken who longs for true adventure. She goes on three adventures in the book. Through her adventuring she gets homesick and always comes back home. I enjoyed this book it's a perfect read a loud for bedtime to little ones. I enjoyed this book. Louise is a chicken who longs for true adventure. She goes on three adventures in the book. Through her adventuring she gets homesick and always comes back home. I enjoyed this book it's a perfect read a loud for bedtime to little ones.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Jacob loved this more than anyone else. Funny book Listened to the audio and it's very good..krb 8/21/15 Jacob loved this more than anyone else. Funny book Listened to the audio and it's very good..krb 8/21/15

  19. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    This was full of funny little adventures of a chicken. My daughter loved this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    My son really enjoyed this. What's not to love about chickens getting kidnapped by pirates and joining the circus? My son really enjoyed this. What's not to love about chickens getting kidnapped by pirates and joining the circus?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I loved this book, and so did my animal-loving 5yo boy. It is a cute story, full of adventure, and told in a really entertaining way.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kacie Jackson

    A chicken is a common animal, but this common chicken is rather uncommon. Follow Louise as she leaves her hen house for adventure on the high seas, finds herself at the jaws of a lion and ends up in a cage at a poultry market. This book will have readers both on the edge of their seats and laughing along as they read about this adventurous chicken. Teachers can use Louise the Adventures of a Chicken in a variety of ways. This is a great mentor text for students to find inspiration to write their A chicken is a common animal, but this common chicken is rather uncommon. Follow Louise as she leaves her hen house for adventure on the high seas, finds herself at the jaws of a lion and ends up in a cage at a poultry market. This book will have readers both on the edge of their seats and laughing along as they read about this adventurous chicken. Teachers can use Louise the Adventures of a Chicken in a variety of ways. This is a great mentor text for students to find inspiration to write their own fiction stories about a personified animal or thing. Some may find the ending of this book fitting while others may feel it didn’t do Louise justice, therefore, teachers can use the story as a jump-off point for students to write an alternative ending. This can also be used for an author’s study to compare Louise the Adventures of a Chicken to other Kate DiCamillo books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    Since this is a picture book with chapters, you can work with students making predictions. This book can also be good in asking the students what they would do if they were Louise, and what places they would go to have an adventure (students could write/discuss).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    So the chicken went to sea . . . So the chicken was in the circus . . . So the chicken traveled to the Middle East . . . So what? I was disappointed by the lackluster nature of this tale, given the powerhouse writing and illustrating team. As a side note, there's an honest image of a drowning pirate early in the story. It didn't seem to stick with my seven year old, but I could see it being quite concerning for some kids. So the chicken went to sea . . . So the chicken was in the circus . . . So the chicken traveled to the Middle East . . . So what? I was disappointed by the lackluster nature of this tale, given the powerhouse writing and illustrating team. As a side note, there's an honest image of a drowning pirate early in the story. It didn't seem to stick with my seven year old, but I could see it being quite concerning for some kids.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    Warning: major gushing about this book is going to follow... I adored this book. I read this book several times to my kiddo. This is the story of Louise. Louise is a chicken looking for controlled adventure. Louise knows she wants adventure, but not danger. Louise wants to experience the world, until it is scary. Louise wants to always come home. we are a little or maybe a lot like Louise.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jade

    Note: this is not my review but the review of my daughter who can't have her own goodreads but does love herself a book! Therefore I will be writing them for her. She is currently 6 months old. Mom thought this was great, and beautifully illustrated. It lacked something, though she can't put her finger on it. Perhaps a bit more whimsy, which seems silly for a book about an adventuring chicken. Baby was NOT A FAN but probably because there was very little mention of dinosaurs or dragons. Note: this is not my review but the review of my daughter who can't have her own goodreads but does love herself a book! Therefore I will be writing them for her. She is currently 6 months old. Mom thought this was great, and beautifully illustrated. It lacked something, though she can't put her finger on it. Perhaps a bit more whimsy, which seems silly for a book about an adventuring chicken. Baby was NOT A FAN but probably because there was very little mention of dinosaurs or dragons.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Three stories in one book. Or a book with three chapters? Something's missing but I'm having a hard time saying what that is. Perhaps the chicken doesn't capture our imaginations? Or the adventures feel too removed? It was okay for one read, but it isn't a keeper. Three stories in one book. Or a book with three chapters? Something's missing but I'm having a hard time saying what that is. Perhaps the chicken doesn't capture our imaginations? Or the adventures feel too removed? It was okay for one read, but it isn't a keeper.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Achenbach

    This story is about the adventures of a chicken, Louise, at sea, the circus, and far away lands; as well as her journey home. This is a very fun and creative story. This would be a good book to use in a lesson about non-fiction stories. I would definitely use this book in my classroom.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    This chicken lives a better life than I do!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Louise is one adventurous chicken! Gorgeous pictures and a cute story. DiCamillo is also the authour of Because of Winn-Dixie and the Mercy Watson stories.

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