Synopses & Reviews
The other hens in Farmer Browns Tennessee henhouse think that Starlight LaPoule – (hush! Her real name is Ethel Fae Klucksworth) – is short a few feathers. They may be right. For Starlight is a chicken with a ridiculous dream. She wants to become a high-fashion model in Paris or Milan. And with the surprise help of her very own chicken fairy godmother, anything is possible. Or is it?
With antic illustrations by renowned cartoonist George Booth, Harry Allards funny story about a hen with outsize expectations is sure to crack up even the most hard-boiled of readers.
"Despite an inspired pairing and divinely ridiculous moments, this venture is more shaggy dog tale than comic revelation. Starlight (aka Ethel Fae Klucksworth) is a scrawny, google-eyed Tennessee hen who, aided by a 'professional chicken fairy godmother,' tries to be a supermodel in Milan. Her quest for glory against all odds starts off like a dream vehicle for some of Allard's (the Miss Nelson books) and New Yorker cartoonist Booth's favorite themes: anthropomorphism run amok, the unstoppable power of plucky cluelessness and the arbitrary nature of the universe, among them. Booth's adult fans will relish his deadpan wit: the other hens roost as Starlight sleeps in a properly made bed; unfiled papers rain down from tall stacks in a malfunctioning office, illuminated by the trademark naked light bulb. Allard once again appeals to his readers' precocity with snarky dialogue, silly specificity and vocab gone mad (the other hens 'gleek and fleer' at Starlight, while another is described as a 'harebrained hobbledehoy'). But the ending, which abandons Starlight as she presides over an endless yard sale in rural Connecticut, is more skidding halt than rousing finish. Ages 5 up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
HARRY ALLARD is the author of the ever-popular Miss Nelson books and the beloved misadventures of the Stupid family. He lives in Oaxaca, Mexico. GEORGE BOOTH is a celebrated cartoonist for The New Yorker
and The New York Times
who has also illustrated several childrens books, including Wacky Wednesday
by Dr. Seuss. He lives in Stony Brook, New York.