Cranky Chicken and Speedy Worm are back in another crank-fest.
Today, Cranky Chicken is extra cranky and the crank-o-meter is maxed out. Very hungry and very angry equals a hangry chicken and that is bad news for Speedy Worm who desperately needs to cheer up their best friend. It’s Cranky’s birthday so surely a party will have the chicken out of its bad mood in no time. Won’t it? But Cranky hates surprises. What about a day at the beach? Nope…too sandy, crabs, rough seas, way too hot and there’re sharks! Will anything turn Cranky’s frown upside down…
I love this series of graphic novels that are perfect for newly independent and emerging readers. These best feathered friends are awesome! Cranky Chicken is at their brilliant cranky best and the ever enthusiastic Speedy Worm is determined to do everything in its wormy power to cheer their BFF up.
Speedy certainly has their work cut out to raise the levels of cheer. Cranky is not keen on jelly, clowns or loud days and don’t get him started on bus trips and the beach. Speedy though is not one to give up easily and is determined to find a way - cue exasperated chicken, over the top worm and an abundance of fun. We all need a Speedy in our lives to help lift our mood when things get us down and to bring us a tasty treat when hunger makes us hangry.
Laugh-out-loud and heart-warming, their adventures told over three short stories have lovely messages around accepting each other for who they are, supporting friends, being open to the new experiences and generally trying to make the best of every situation. Popping up between and within the stories and adding to the LOLs are pages packed with things that do and do not make Chicken cranky, Speedy’s favourite things and some ‘Stuff and Nonsense’.
With its short and simple text and brilliant expression-filled illustrations, this series will bring smiles to the faces of even the crankiest reader. While targeted at the lower end of primary school, recommended for five plus, there is bags of wit and sarcasm to appeal to older readers of graphic novels too. Fans of Narwhal and Jelly, Beak & Ally and Shark and Bot will love spending time with this mismatched duo.
With thanks to Hachette and Lothian Children’s Books for this fun read.
Recommended for 5+.