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The Chicken Dance

(2007)
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On his birthday, Don Schmidt spends the day waiting patiently for his big surprise--a cake, presents, maybe a Chinese clown . . . . But instead, his batty parents get into their monthly argument. This time it's because his mother has to feed the chickens. It ends with her shouting the same thing as always about their Louisiana chicken farm: "I hate it here!"

What follows is Don's journey from obscurity to fame and back again, when he becomes the youngest kid to ever win the Horse Island Dairy Festival chicken-judging contest. Gradually, his mom notices that something strange is going on--everyone knows her son!--but once she realizes that Don has become the town celebrity, she sees that there may be benefits to living on a chicken farm. What she doesn't seem to see are the benefits of having a son like Don.

For Don, the contest is the beginning of a big, big adventure. It involves trips to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, fair weather friends, a missing sister, and one big secret. Readers will cheer for Don, who goes out of his way to see the good in everything.

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Praise for this book

"Full of brilliant details... Like having Napolean Dynamite and Frank Perdue as your best friends." - Jack Gantos


Used availability for Jacques Couvillon's The Chicken Dance

Hardback Editions

April 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chicken Dance (Thorndike Press Large Print Literacy Bridge Series)
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
ISBN: 1-4104-0579-6 / 978-1-4104-0579-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Pr
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August 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
ISBN: 1-59990-043-2 / 978-1-59990-043-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

July 2012 : USA Paperback

Title: The Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
ISBN: 1-59990-331-8 / 978-1-59990-331-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


February 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
ISBN: 0-7475-8930-5 / 978-0-7475-8930-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


September 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
ISBN: 0-7475-9443-0 / 978-0-7475-9443-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Audio Editions

July 2008 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
ISBN: 1-4074-2615-X / 978-1-4074-2615-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


March 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


March 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


2008 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
ISBN: 1-4281-6702-1 / 978-1-4281-6702-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: RecordedBooks
Availability: Amazon   


2008 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
ISBN: 1-4281-6707-2 / 978-1-4281-6707-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


Kindle Editions

July 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Chicken Dance
Author(s): Jacques Couvillon
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA