From School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-This entertaining graphic novel is part chicken, part hare, part comedy, part adventure. After escaping the evil clutches of taxidermist/collector Mr. Klaus, species hybrid ChickenHare and his friends are on the run. Along the way they encounter Mr. Buttons, a ghost goat with an ax to grind against Klaus. In the inevitable good vs. evil showdown, Klaus gets his comeuppance at the hands (and paws and hooves) of our heroes. Regardless of the "ya had to be there" plot involving reincarnated livestock, the action never feels confusing. The dialogue is snappy and the pace is brisk. The slick full-color illustrations are more cartoonish than Jeff Smith's "Bone" titles (Scholastic), a series to which ChickenHare will draw some comparisons. Large panels give the art room to breathe and will likely increase the appeal with younger readers. The ending promises continued adventures, and kids will likely be waiting with anticipation. Travis Jonker, Wayland Union Schools, MIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Chickenhare and his friend Abe the turtle have been kidnapped and sold to Klaus, an insane taxidermist. Even if they escape his clutches, they will have to struggle to survive in the snow, find what is keeping a ghost goat from moving on, and avoid the dreaded Shromph and their razor-sharp teeth. Grine’s offbeat title has a certain manic charm. Chickenhare, Abe, and the other creatures they encounter are a fun bunch whose pluck and young looks—rendered in a bright cartoon style—will endear them to their readers. But those looking for a deeper story will likely be disappointed. The book opens in the middle of the action and never really delves into backstory or motivation. An open ending hints at more volumes to come, though there is no volume indicator included on the book. Some of the subject matter—cannibalism, a rotting goat corpse, etc.—could be a little intense for younger readers. For fans of action and humor who don’t need an overly thoughtful story. Grades 5-8. --Snow Wildsmith