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The Chicken Doesn't Skate

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  439 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Milo Neal is the favorite to win first prize at the science fair. But his project, which involves a chicken, sets off side-splittingly funny action with a star hockey player, a first-class dweeb, and an animal rights activist!
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Hyperion Books for Children (first published November 1st 1996)
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Apr 27, 2015 Lottie rated it it was amazing
This book made me want a chicken. Enough said.
Jul 27, 2013 Monique rated it liked it
Not my favorite! But, here's some quotes:

"I went over to his house every day that week. I mean, the guy needed the support. Even his own mother wanted to stop him from whacking Henrietta. I give him credit, though. He was brave. Every single day he tried to talk me out of coming, saying it wasn't necessary and stuff.

'Oh, it's no problem,' I told him. 'I'm here for you, buddy.' He just groaned with gratitude."

">Did you ever get the feeling that there's something going on and everybody knows ab
Jul 20, 2013 Heather rated it really liked it
Milo is in Grade 6 and has just moved to St. Martin, Minnesota where his nobel prize-winning father grew up. With his dad back in Los Angeles, Milo feels that winning the science fair is the best way to earn his approval.

Enter Henrietta – the specimen. Milo has decided to record the complete life cycle of a chicken by raising a chicken from a hatchling. He is baffled when his classmates want to name her, help take care of her, and make sure she’s safe and happy at the hockey games.

When the class
Jun 04, 2013 Jacob rated it liked it
An odd little book in the Korman repertoire. Not the most compelling read he offers, at least from a story/escapist/humor perspective. From an analytical/critical perspective this could be about the most interesting thing he's done.

Not that Korman books are really supposed to stand up to any sort of critical analysis of course.

There are several major flaws with The Chicken Doesn't Skate:
1. None of the characters are engaging.
2. The plot is pretty "eh"--it can't carry the story on its own.
3. It's
Jul 09, 2015 Jaina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is one of my all-time favorite books. It's been crowded out of my review pile by newer, flashier books, so I'm setting it aside to give to my younger sister (who has heard me rave about Gordon Korman books for so long that now she asked me for one! Yay!). I just wanted to say that I absolutely adored this book when I was younger, and while it's not quite as amazing as I remember it being reading it a few years later, it's still pretty awesome.
May 24, 2014 Laina rated it it was amazing
One of my all-time favourite books. I just finished reading it out loud to my fifth graders, and at the end one of them sighed and said, "I just feel so sad when I finish such a good book." This book is about a chicken/science experiment/hockey mascot brings different social groups together. My class laughed and laughed, and sometimes I found it hard to read because I too was laughing so hard.
Jun 09, 2014 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: fourth-grade
Story about a chick who starts as part of a science experiment and becomes so much more to the sixth graders at St. Martin Middle School in Minnesota. Silly and cheesy. But Gordon Korman tells a good story and I will continue recommending him to my students. Good for boys and girls.
Aug 20, 2015 Finn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: unforgettable
This book is my childhood. I can't tell you how many times my sister and I quote it. We listened to the audio book so many times that we imitate the narrators because it is, and will always be, a classic.
Jan 16, 2013 5pfeiffer_andrew rated it liked it
This is abook about how a hockey team was 0-5 into they grew attached to some kids science fair project. The project was a chicken and when they brought him to one of there games they won. From there on they would not play good into the chicken showed up. On there big game night the chicken gets a cold so the kid running the science fair project would not let her go to the game. read the book to find out if they win and go on to with the finals.

This was an alright book it did not grab my atten
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 12, 2015 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was ok
Had the potential to be really funny; instead, The Chicken Doesn't Skate was just weird and silly in an incredibly lame way. I feel bad for whichever poor kid ever had to read this book. :(
Nov 19, 2014 Carrieuoregon rated it really liked it
A science experiment shakes up the social order of Middle School. I'm recommending this strongly to my sixth grader!
Nov 29, 2014 Audra rated it liked it
I listened to this audio book with the kids. It was quirky, funny and enjoyable.
Apr 26, 2013 scarlettraces rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, for-the-kids
possibly not his best, although i'm not qualified to judge, not being 10 any more. i absolutely adored classics like I Want to Go Home, No Coins Please, the Bugs Potter books and Losing Joe's Place (bits of which i still vividly remember), and i read them over and over, laughing uncontrollably every time. The Chicken Doesn't Skate definitely has the classic comedy build, so that it gets better and better as it goes along. i shall have to do a controlled experiment with my 10-year-old nephew, to ...more
Kelsey Manning
Apr 10, 2011 Kelsey Manning rated it it was amazing
I thought it was really funny that a chicken could start all that pandemonium! My teacher read it to my class, and usually when someone reads to me i cant really pay attention, but everyone in my class was paying attention! i dont think this would be a good book to re read just because there was a little bit of suspence and it woudnt be as funny after the second time. Anyway it was a really good book that lots of people could enjoy!
Joando Fernandes
Dec 10, 2009 Joando Fernandes rated it it was amazing
This book ia about a boy named Milo who is a science geek and he cant wait till his science fair project. And in his project he needs a baby chcik called Henrietta who is also the chcik who gives the team luck and maked them win there games. But they ending of his project is that he needs to cook and eat the chicken. But he doesnt want that to happen so in this story you will see how he trys to stop this from happing.
Sep 18, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Korman is true to form with his funny plot lines and over excited people. The book is dated--it came out in '96 (something I didn't notice until someone said, "Far out!", which should probably indicate earlier than '96...
The book is kind of fun because it's written from so many different people's perspectives, including one viewpoint of a scientist child taking notes on a project.
It's appropriate for 6th and 7th grade.
Sandra Gilson
Mar 25, 2012 Sandra Gilson rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 5th or 6th grade
My eight year old son read this for a book report and I read it as well to make sure he was understanding what he was reading. It was funny and had a clear problem and solution. I wasn't happy with the social labeling "muscle head" hockey player, loser etc but there was a moral hidden inside this book. Unfortunately my eight year old didn't quite get it on his own.
Aug 29, 2014 Jack rated it really liked it
This book was a good book. This book was about how a kid brought a chick to his school for a science project and all of the kids like it. Then the kid said he would have to kill the chicken to show a life cycle and all the kids where sad. In the end of the book the chick lays an egg which shows a life cycle and that's the kids project.
Mar 08, 2013 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids, 2013
I can't believe that I am actually giving this book four stars, but my students LOVED it, and I thought it was cute. One of my students who has read 75 books (no joke) this school year, everything from The Borrowers to Vampirates, told me it was the best book he had read all year. So, on that note, I am giving it 4 stars.
Apr 24, 2016 Bridget rated it liked it
I read this with my eight yo who loves to play hockey and watch hockey. It was fun to read together. The chapters switch from different characters points of view. So we made up voices for each character and had a blast with them. If you have a kid who loves hockey, definitely give this a try.
Jan 09, 2014 Lemah SHINWARIE rated it really liked it
I love this book it is a funny book
Dec 21, 2007 sabrina rated it really liked it
I remember reading this in the library and having to fight from laughing out loud so hard I ended up with tears down my face. Not his best (that was his stuff from the 80s), but still better than all the rest!
Sep 16, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
I liked this book. Probably most appropriate for end of 4th or 5th grade. Well written. Nice twist. The narrator changes in each chapter, which is a nice challenge for 9 and 10 year olds.
Jan 28, 2008 Yashna rated it really liked it
so far so's about a chicken that is accidentally taken home by a hockey loving chicken hating boy that thinks his class is going crazy over the cutest chicken ever for a science project
Dec 31, 2013 Morgan rated it it was amazing
haha good one
Nov 15, 2012 Anthony rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. Never undersestimate a chicken!
Sep 15, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
pretty funny kept Reggie and Alex laughing
Apr 03, 2008 Ibby rated it really liked it
funny book about science fair ethics and hockey
Apr 24, 2008 Olivia rated it it was amazing
Very good chicky book. Good for a laugh.
Claire "The Bomb"
Jul 02, 2013 Claire "The Bomb" rated it it was amazing
This book was funny and a real page-turner!
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Korman wrote his first book, "This Can't be Happening at Macdonald Hall", when he was 12 years old, for a coach who suddenly found himself teaching 7th grade English. He later took that episode and created a book out of it, as well, in "The Sixth Grade Nickname Game", wherein Mr. Huge was based on that 7th grade teacher.

Korman moved to New York City, where he studied film and film writing. While i
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