The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

By Janice N. Harrington; Shelley Jackson (Illustrator)
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374312510, 40pp.)

Publication Date: March 20, 2007

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Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother's farm except one - the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited narrator regales readers with her campaign to catch Miss Hen, but this chicken is "fast as a mosquito buzzing and quick as a fleabite." Our chicken chaser has her mind set on winning, until she discovers that sometimes it's just as satisfying not to catch chickens as it is to catch them.

A fresh voice full of sass and inventive, bold collage illustrations full of surprises create a childlike escapade brimming with funny high jinks that leads the reader on a merry, memorable chase.

"The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County" is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author
Janice N. Harrington grew up in Vernon, Alabama. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska. A lover of stories both written and oral, she came to her interest in writing through childhood favorites such as "Jane Eyre", "Charlotte""'s Web", and the Greek myths she came upon in an antiquated set of the "Book of Knowledge "encyclopedia.

Ms. Harrington received the Ezra Jack Keat's New Writer Award for her first picture book, "Going North". The book, which "Kirkus Reviews" called "gorgeous," and "School Library Journal" described as "a solid choice for readers," was named a "Bulletin""of the Center for Children's Books" Blue Ribbon Book, a "Kirkus Reviews "Editor's Choice, and a "Booklist "Editors' Choice. Her second picture book, "The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County", has already received much acclaim, being selected for Fanfare, "The Horn Book"'s Honor List and named a "Kirkus Reviews" Editor's Choice.

Ms. Harrington is also a nationally known storyteller who has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, a widely published poet, and a children's librarian with over twenty-two years' experience as a youth advocate. She lives in Champaign, Illinois.

Shelley Jackson is the author of the short story collection "The Melancholy of Anatomy", the hypertext novel "Patchwork Girl", several children's books, and "Skin," a story published in tattoos on the skin of more than two thousand volunteers. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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