The Problem with Chickens

The Problem with Chickens

By Bruce McMillan; Gunnella (Illustrator)

Walter Lorraine Books, Hardcover, 9780618585816, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2005


The ladies of Iceland have a problem: the birds lay their eggs in nooks on the sides of steep cliffs, so the ladies have a very difficult time getting any of the eggs for baking. They go to town to buy chickens to lay eggs for them instead. For a while, everyone is happy: there are plenty of eggs to bake plenty of yummy things. But the ladies' problems are far from solved, for the more time the chickens spend with the ladies, the more they begin to act like them too, until eventually they stop laying eggs all together. Now this is a problem indeed, but you can be sure, the clever ladies will find a solution. Full of fun and silliness, this lighthearted tale and vibrant illustrations are a delight.

About the Author
Bruce McMillan has written and illustrated more children s books set in Iceland than any other United States author. Going Fishing is his sixth to be set there, and his forty-third overall. He often summers in Iceland, though he lives in Shapleigh, Maine. Bruce holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Maine and has received numerous awards and honors for his children s books.

Gunnella lives and works in a small town only minutes west of ReykjavÌk. She paints pictures from the photo album in her mind, pictures that she has collected from her memories of people who lived in the north of the country. Gunnella has been told that her paintings show that women can do whatever they want—she likes that.

Praise For The Problem with Chickens

"The playful text is both silly and joyous, without a wasted word. Gunnella’s enchanting oil paintings are full of childlike humor and saturated with appealing primary colors. . . . A funny and inventive choice that is also a charming tribute to Icelandic culture and tradition." --School Library Journal, starred School Library Journal, Starred

"The juxtaposition of McMillan's minimal deadpan text and Icelandic artist Gunnella's comically literal paintings make for some unlikely hilarity." --Publishers Weekly, starred Publishers Weekly, Starred

"Illustrator Gunnella is an Icelandic Dayal Kaur Khalsaher folk-art-inspired oil paintings have verve, vibrancy, and humor." Horn Book Horn Book