A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The periodic quizzes have open-ended questions that can start conversations.
Persevere and you can get out of the situation you're in.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Two-Headed Chicken, a silly graphic novel by Tom Angleberger, races readers through the multiverse with an exhausting story and jokes that fall flat. The chicken's two heads -- one smart, one not smart -- are chased by an enraged moose named Kernel Antlers intent on eating the chicken. It's a silly premise that, combined with the eye-popping color of the illustrations, might appeal to some early readers, but the story never seems to pull together enough to make this enjoyable for those looking for a plot or adults reading aloud.
Is It Any Good?
The bright, silly illustrations try to rescue a flat story that has both too many details and not enough to pull readers in. Two-Headed Chicken tries to be funny, whimsical, and action-packed but loses steam in the middle of the book and the story never comes together. The different places the chicken lands would be fun to explore at least a little more, and adding that detail would make the pace a little less frenetic. The quizzes for readers in the last half of the book have some fun questions.
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