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Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  946 Ratings  ·  214 Reviews
She longed for adventure.

So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world.

The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar.

Yet in the face of such daunting danger, our heroine . . .

She was brave.

She was fearless.
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published September 23rd 2008 by HarperCollins
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Sep 09, 2009 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathryn by: Quasar, thank you!
A fun book with adorable pictures! There is nothing especially "amazing" about the story, and yet it is so much fun to go along with Louise as she seeks out new adventures, then returns to her cozy, familiar roost when she's sampled enough from any one adventure. I really hate to say this, because it sounds like a horrible pun, but I just kept thinking "Louise is just so plucky" and her glittering determination is fun and even a bit inspiring! ;-> The illustrations are great, Louise radiates ...more
Mar 29, 2012 Jeanette rated it it was amazing
Louise longs for adventure and adventure she finds when she ventures out of her cozy hen house. Adventure on the high seas, adventure at the circus and adventure at a faraway bazaar.
I love books that spark imagination in my kids. Not 2 minutes after we read this book I heard my son say to his little sister, "Come on! I am taking you prisoner just like Louise."
So, for that reason alone I love this book.
The story is creative and really fun to read aloud and the illustrations are wonderful.
This i
NS-Christine Johnson
Oct 20, 2009 NS-Christine Johnson rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Louise was not like other chickens. She was not content to stay in the henhouse, so she set out for an adventure on the high seas. Just as Louise was beginning to think the sea wasn't as exciting as she expected, a pirate ship appeared! With a little luck, Louise was able to escape the pirates. She headed back to the henhouse for some rest, but Louise still longed for adventure. When the circus came to town, Louise finds herself in the high wire act! Just as soon as this too started to become du ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
If anyone could imbue a chicken with a personality worthy of an epic journey it would be Kate DiCamillo, but even she may not quite be up to such a challenge. However, although Louise may not have the personality of Gollie, Mercy, or Despereaux, her tale is just as charming. And really, should we expect any author to truly see into the soul of a chicken?

Louise yearns for the adventures that we all regularly encounter our dreams. Since she is actually living out those dreams, when she returns hom
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I'd been wanting to read this book for a while now, but every time I looked for it on the shelf it was checked out. At last I've had my chance, and it was worth the wait. Louise is a chicken who longs for adventure, and flies the coop looking for it. This book relates three of her adventures--at sea (captured by pirates!), at the circus (on the trapeze!), and overseas (at what appears to be an Arabic marketplace). In each adventure, however, Louise's homesickness points her wings toward home, wh ...more
Dec 04, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
A book my 6 yr old as well as my twin 3 yr olds loved. A solid reading level 1 book, this cute story keeps all ages engaged with the bright colorful pictures and cute story. A great addition to any children's library.
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Jan 24, 2009 Christy rated it really liked it
Louise is not a “chicken” chicken. Instead, Louise shatters chicken stereotypes with her courageous spirit and longing for adventure. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken tells the story of a chicken who literally dreams of exciting journeys and dangerous circumstances.
Louise’s adventures are chronicled in three separate chapters. The first voyage takes place at sea. Louise finds herself aboard a ship and is disappointed by the lack of adventure. Soon the “true adventure” she craves reveals it
Jan 29, 2010 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children and their parents
Recommended to Sarah by: YALSA's Odyssey Award committee
Shelves: audio
I know I don't usually review children's books on my blog, even though I read plenty of them with my seven-year-old daughter. But the audio recording of this book won the 2010 ALSC/Booklist/YALSA Odyssey Award and was announced at Youth Media Awards two weeks ago. A friend of mine was on the committee and they know they listened to hours and hours of audiobooks to find the best ones. Of course, I had to listen! So last night my daughter and I listened to the CD as we followed along in the book.

May 08, 2009 Kara rated it liked it
My main reason for liking this book is because it's unapologetically weird. However, it lacks something fundamental that it would need to elevate it to the status of a great book. The kids get a kick out of it and I love the fact that it's long, but the stories just don't pack as much punch as they could. Everything seems a little dry.

I feel like a more appropriate illustrator could have been found than Bliss, whose pictures are a bit modern for a story apparently set in the 17- or 1800s. The st
Aug 22, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
Shelves: jacob, ellie, mom
Jacob loved this more than anyone else. Funny book

Listened to the audio and it's very good..krb 8/21/15
Little John
Jun 13, 2012 Little John rated it liked it
We borrowed this book from the library. Mommy was interested in finding out about a chicken with the same name as her mother who adventures with pirates and the circus and visits the middle east and frees prisoners. It was an interesting book with lots of pictures of chickens and other interesting things, but didn't really grip LottleJohn's attention. The part he liked the best was the picture at the end where all the chickens and the puppy and the pigs are asleep. Perhaps we'll try reading this ...more
Natalie Payton
Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo is a children's fiction picture book. This is a story of an adventurous chicken named Louise. She is discontented with her henhouse and goes on several journeys around the world in search of excitement. She sails on a pirate ship, performs in the circus, and mingles with an exotic fortune teller. Though Louise enjoys her adventures, she learns to appreciate her safe and warm henhouse. DiCamillo uses extensive dialogue to tell
Jessica Cain
Dec 08, 2014 Jessica Cain rated it really liked it
Summary and Critique:
Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo is a story of an adventurous chicken named Louise. She is discontented with her henhouse and goes on several journeys around the world in search of excitement. She sails on a pirate ship, performs in the circus, and mingles with an exotic fortune teller. Though Louise enjoys her adventures, she learns to appreciate her safe and warm henhouse. DiCamillo uses extensive dialogue to tell the tale of one troubled chicken and
Jul 01, 2010 Dee rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Chicken lovers
Recommended to Dee by: I am a Kate DiCamillo fan
Shelves: children-s-books
There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home. Dorothy, I don't think we're in Kansas anymore.
I love chickens so chicken stories always get good marks with me, why because some of my best friends are chickens or roosters. Did you ever read Chicken Boy? Great book! (Thought I would put in a plug there). I hope that's ok.
Alayna Pope
Feb 02, 2016 Alayna Pope rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
I liked this interesting story of adventure! It was all about the chicken, Louise, and her adventures. She was a curious chicken who wanted some action outside of her henhouse. I liked how the book is a picture book, but it's also a chapter book. There are four chapters, each describing her adventure. I think it's cute from the point of view of a chicken. I also like the message of always coming back home. It's okay to adventure and explore, but home will always be home, and your family will alw ...more
Leigh Mantle
May 28, 2012 Leigh Mantle rated it it was amazing
DiCamillo is a genius and Bliss' illustrations are plucky perfection. Louise (a "not so chicken chicken") longs for adventure and sails the high seas with pirates, performs daring high-wire feats in the circus and rescues caged chickens and then returns home to sleep the "peaceful sleep of a true adventurer."
Feb 17, 2016 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Oh how I love Kate DiCamillo! She weaves magical tales! Who could make any sense out of the idea of an adventurous chicken?! The story works beautifully.

I don't relate to Louise. She likes adventures. (I like to read about adventures). I did relate to how she needs to go home and tuck herself in and have a good sleep!!

I could totally relate to the other chickens. Their heart races when she tells them of their adventures...and they feel like they've been on the adventure too. And that is good eno
Drew Graham
Feb 03, 2016 Drew Graham rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
Louise lives a warm, comfortable and safe life in the hen house, but she longs for adventure. When she goes abroad to find it, will it be all that she hoped it would be?

I just happened to see this in the (newly and oddly reorganized) children's books at our library, and I picked it up almost exclusively because I've loved Kate DiCamillo's novels. Her humor and heart translates well to picture book format, and even though the story seemed to be missing just a little something at first, it's reall
Aug 29, 2012 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I enjoyed this book. Louise is a chicken who longs for true adventure. She goes on three adventures in the book. Through her adventuring she gets homesick and always comes back home. I enjoyed this book it's a perfect read a loud for bedtime to little ones.
Jul 01, 2015 Melissa rated it liked it
Kate DiCamillo and Harry Bliss created a fascinating tale about a hen that wants to travel the world in their book, Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken. The Tumblebooks version was interesting because the characters all had different voices and accents to fit the setting. Louise travels the high seas with pirates, works in a circus on the tight rope, and travels far away to a market place where she gets imprisoned and escapes. She always gets homesick and returns home to her safe henhouse. The b ...more
Becky B
Louise is a most daring chicken who longs for adventure every once in a while. This book details her amazing adventures on the high seas, as a circus performer, and a traveller to the Far East.

No one can accuse this chicken of a dull life...or can they? Does Louise really go on these adventures or are they the kind of adventure you have with your imagination? There's just enough open-endedness to this tale that you really aren't quite sure. Regardless, kids are sure to find Louise's adventures
Katherine Kim
Jul 20, 2014 Katherine Kim rated it liked it
This book is a fun, adventurous book about a chicken looking for danger and excitement in its life. The adventures are divided into three stories. I think if it were one long adventure, the author could have used more elements to develop the plot and engage the reader; however, because it was divided into three parts, the plot of each adventure is short and underdeveloped. There is no obvious climax, but the chicken resolves the issue of going on adventures by not going on one.

Teachers can use
Richard Ward
May 10, 2016 Richard Ward rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Small children.
A picture storybook for small children, especially appropriate as a bedtime story. A hen leaves her farm three times out of boredom, each time finding adventure before returning homesick. A pirate ship, a circus, and other settings kids will enjoy. You don't expect a picture storybook to be divided into chapters, yet this one is. The missing link for kids ready to transition from picture storybooks to chapter books? Kids and adults alike will like the big, colorful, fun, elaborate illustrations. ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Genee121 rated it it was amazing
Louise is no ordinary chicken by any stretch of the imagination, and Kate DiCamillo does a fantastic job writing about a chicken with such personality who leaves her cozy hen house and sets out on an adventure that she has longed for and adventures is what she finds. Adventure on the high seas, adventure at the circus and adventure at a faraway bazaar. With each adventure, Louise finds herself homesick and always heads back home where the other hens are always excited to see her and wait eagerly ...more
:Donna Marie
LOUISE, THE ADVENTURES OF A CHICKEN One thing I find so impressive about the writing of Kate DiCamillo is that her writing voice is SO evident, regardless of the category or genre she is writing for.

That said, with her writing voice being so compelling and endearing to so many readers---certainly me!---it's impossible not to love everything she writes.

It was a pleasure to see a picture book of more length written in the form of chapters. This sweet, funny, warm book about a VERY adventurous ch
Feb 13, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it
Rules of rounding say half or more, round up, thus the 4 star rating. Truly, I think it is better classified as a 3.5.

The premise for the story is very cute and I love that the character is a chicken. However, the stories were building to a good climax and then fizzled after each one. This was disappointing. I feel that going back to the henhouse each night took away from the building interest.

That being said, I can appreciate the repetitive nature of the book and the possibilities that presents
Feb 29, 2016 Rebekah added it
Shelves: reading-350
This book is about a chicken who wanted to have adventures. She went to sea, was kidnapped by pirates, and survived a shipwreck by clinging to wood from the ship's debris. Next, Louise joined the circus, did a highwire act, and barely escaped being eaten by a lion. Then, she traveled far away from home to a bazaar, where she was grabbed and caged with other chickens. Louise was able to free her fellow hens from imprisonment. After each adventure, Louise would return home to the safety and predic ...more
Hannah O'Hearn
Feb 23, 2016 Hannah O'Hearn rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Louise is a chicken who lives in a hen house, but longs for true adventure. She travels the seas with pirates, joins the circus, and journeys to a land far away. She wants to find true adventure, but always seems to find her way back home.
Kate DiCamillo is a great story teller. I love the language she uses and the characters she creates. I would love to have this book in my classroom library and would encourage children to read it. It would also be great to use as a fantasy novel for a lesson in
Eva Leger
Jul 29, 2011 Eva Leger rated it liked it
Shelves: julias-books
I'm sad to say that some aspects outside of the actual story figured into the rating for the book. We borrowed the audio edition of this book from the library, along with the print.
Not only did I not care for the narrator's voice but this is the only children's book we've read so far that didn't tell the child when to turn the page. We're still pretty darn new to listening to audios and I'll be the first to admit that listing to that page turning sound is somewhat annoying but until it was gone
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Kate DiCamillo, the newly named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2014–2015, says about stories, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” Born in Philadelphia, the author lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

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