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Starlight Goes to Town    by Harry Allard & George Booth order for
Starlight Goes to Town
by Harry Allard
Order:  USA  Can
Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This is the second book about a chicken's yearning for adventure that I have reviewed recently (see also Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo). I'm not sure why chickens have a need for adventure; maybe it's their way of compensating for the negative connotation of the word chicken (meaning, of course, one who is afraid to take a risk).

Nonetheless, in this picture book we meet Starlight LaPoule, which is the stage name of a chicken who lives a quiet life on a farm. Her real name is Ethel Fae Klucksworth, but in her heart, she is a star. With the help of a chicken fairy godmother, Starlight's wishes come true each time she lays an egg, which she sees as a way out of her humdrum henhouse life. A convertible hatches out of the first egg, which enables Starlight to whisk herself away to a modeling adventure.

But what happens when her fairy godmother goes on vacation and leaves the wish-granting business to her harried nephew, 'a harebrained hobbledehoy who got everyone's wishes mixed up'?

This cute book reminds the reader that life is full of surprises and that it's best to let the adventures unfold before you. The bold and zany illustrations are cartoon-like, an ideal accompaniment to the fun and silly story line. If the author's name sounds familiar, he is noted for several series of books, including The Stupids and Miss Nelson.

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