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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun, January 25, 2011
This review is from: The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery (J. J. Tully Mysteries) (Hardcover)
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It's a pretty simple mystery (the characters are two dogs and five chickens) but it's well-told. J.J. Tully is the first-person narrator of most of the book, and his internal monologue is charmingly reminiscent of hard-boiled detectives from the great noir tradition. The cartoon illustrations are lively & hilarious, and they carry at least half the weight of the narrative; this being a children's book, it is light on description and character nuance, but much of that information is in the pictures. They are fun to look at. Kevin Cornell did a great job.

The only problem I noticed is that the narrator's role switches to Vince the Funnel without warning (okay, when he's narrating the chapter number is inside a little funnel icon, but I didn't catch that at first.) I thought Tully was still talking and it confused me for a minute. Other than that, the plot flows smoothly.

It's a fast read and it seems almost a bit too light for the 8-12 age bracket. I'm pretty sure I was reading heavier stuff at that age ... but then again, I'm not ashamed to read kids' books at my present age, so I'm sure this will go over well with any audience. Fun for readers who like cartoon animals and hard-boiled detectives. (Two of my favorite genres, which is why I picked it from the Vine list)
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