“Chicken Feathers,” by Joy Cowley

“Chicken Feathers,” by Joy Cowley is a humorous and touching story about a young boy and his talking pet chicken.
Book Cover Art for Chicken Feathers by Joy Cowley
Joshua lives with his parent on a farm with three thousand chickens. Joshua has been around chickens so long that he knows just about everything that there is to know about a chicken. But then Joshua meets Semolina who is quite different from any other chicken he’s ever seen.

Joshua’s father Tucker gives Semolina to his son one day. “She’s a character this one… Too old to lay, fights with the other chickens,” Tucker says. But Joshua likes the scruffy old chicken with ragged feathers nonetheless.

Then Joshua learns the truth about Semolina. The old chicken can talk just a like a human. Joshua tries to tell his parents but they don’t believe him. Unfortunately Semolina has a tendency to get Joshua in big trouble. It all starts with Semolina’s taste for Grandma’s brew, a homemade alcoholic ale.

When Joshua is caught getting some of the brew for Semolina, he gets in trouble, and his parents don’t believe that he is actually getting it for his crazy pet chicken.Semolina feels bad about it so she tells Joshua an important secret: where all the missing eggs in the henhouse are going.

Little do Joshua and Semolina realize, but before long it will unleash a chain of events that will threaten Semolina’s life.

“Chicken Feathers” is a touching story with multiple levels that every reader can enjoy. The relationship between Joshua and Semolina is only one part of the story. Joy Cowley also does a good job showing Joshua’s relationship with Annalee, a girl that he climbed trees with last summer, but who has now suddenly grown up and started painting her fingernails. Yet another side theme in the story revolves around Joshua’s mother’s pregnancy. Joshua’s mom is in danger of losing her baby, so she has been confined to the hospital. Semolina tries to comfort Joshua with her gruff words:
She hopped onto his knee, her claws sharp through his jeans, and clacked her beak. “Aw, aw,” she crooned…. Her feathers quivered as a sigh went through her. “Eggs is easier,” she said. “They only take three weeks to hatch.”
These multiple focuses in the story combine to make “Chicken Feathers” an enjoyable book that I am sure all young readers will enjoy reading.

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Inkweaver Review 2009-05-05T09:56:00-05:00

18 replies so far. What are your thoughts?

Anonymous said...

It is a cool book because i like chickens.I would read it again.It has a awesome storyline and wonderful pictures.It was funny and made me giggle lol.I could make up pictures in my head just by reading it.
By Hugh and Nathan

Anonymous said...

The chicken's name is Semolina, not Seminola.

NathanKP said...

Thanks for pointing out my error. I have corrected Semolina's name.

Thank you for commenting.

Anonymous said...

hi i think your book is great and i really think that the the illustrations are really cool aswell.

Anonymous said...

nice book

Anonymous said...

Great book!!

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Anonymous said...

this book is wondefull

Anonymous said...

Chicken Feathers is an awesome book! I love how Joy made you feel like you were actually on the farm with Josh!

Anonymous said...

love the book u should definitely read it! :)

Tom said...

Chicken Feathers is a warm book with all of the elements to make a child nearly believe that it is all true. For those who have lived on a farm and had a chicken for a pet, Semolina could be quite real. The bit I loved was when the new baby Tori arrived four weeks early and in my mind three thousand and one chickens sang to her their "Egg song". The book will be bought by adults for children and then read by adults!

Anonymous said...

Semolina gets drunk on grandma's alcoholic brew that she gets the boy, Josh, to steal for her. She has hangovers from it. This is not appropriate for a children's book!

Anonymous said...

I just finished reading the book to my third grade class. They absolutely loved it! Their favorite part was the very end when Semolina asks Josh, "what are you going to do about it?" They hooted!

Anonymous said...

Love the book:)!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love the part were Joy Cowley (aka awesome person) makes you think that semolina is dead but it is really just fox blood!

All thanks to Joy!
<3 P.E.R

BUT FACE said...

JOY ROOLS

Anonymous said...

HI

Anonymous said...

I hate the book