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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 4 of 5 stars
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
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.
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NS-Christine Johnson
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
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
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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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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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.

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
Hmm... I really don't know what to say. The pictures were fine, the story was fine, there were nice touches like the African Queen reference, and the rhythm of the way she slept at the end of each adventure was a nice touch. But I didn't find it special in any way. Maybe it's because I just don't like the adventure genre in general. This is a good example of that. Children would probably like it a lot better; maybe they'd be inspired to have adventures of their own.

I wonder - is it helpful when
Little John
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
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 5 of 5 stars
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.
Leigh Mantle
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."
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.
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
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.

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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
Eva Leger
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
Rachel Hancock
Kate DiCamillo and Harry Bliss take readers on an exciting journey in their book, "Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken." In the book, Louise is a daring chicken who longs for adventure. The book is broken into four separate chapters which each tell about an adventure Louise experienced on her quest to see the world. She escapes from a group of pirates, performs a daring circus act, gets trapped in a cage by a stranger, and finally arrives home to tell her fellow hens about her ordeal away from h ...more
Dawn Early
Book Title: Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamllo & Harry Bliss

Short Description of the Book: Louise is a chicken who loves adventure. This story tells about three adventures that Louise goes on. Each time she desires to return to the safety of her henhouse. In the end, she shares with the other hens all the tales of her adventures.

FOCUS: Narrative Features:
1) Narrative Structure: In this story a third person tells the story. It does show moments of dialogue between Louise an
DiCamillo, K. (2008). Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken. New York: Joanna Cotler Books.
Gr. K-3. Louise longs for adventure. She wants to see the world. So she takes off on three journeys to find her “true adventure”: she sails on a pirate ship, she joins a circus, and she visits a fortuneteller at a bazaar. Through all of her adventures she finds one idea the same: there is no place like home.
Curriculum: Louise’s three journeys could each be a place to start research or discussion – one about
One day a hen named Louise wondered about the world outside her henhouse. Thus began the travels of Louise who longed for adventure, and learned to love home equally with each experience away.

A good curriculum connection for this book would be to use it to inspire creative writing. Classes could brainstorm ideas for new adventures for Louise and add their own chapters to the book.

I so loved this charming hen Louise and her thirst for new scenery. I was flabbergasted when she wanted to go on ano
Pamela ☼stop staring at the sun☼ Tee
In this book Kate DiCamillo -- Newbery Winner and National Book Award finalist -- joins forces with Harry Bliss -- award winning illustrator of "Diary of a Worm" and the New Yorker magazine-- to produce a lighthearted book about a hen that longs for adventure, and gets it!

Those familiar with Kate DiCamillo know that while her books appear to be fables for young children, that they often have a dark side that makes them better targeted to the middle school and up crowd. With "Louise" however, the
Kate DiCamillo is a well known name in children's literature, but I just discovered this picture book of hers while browsing around in the library. Prior to this, I had mistakenly believed that she only wrote chapter books. It is a tale about a chicken named Louise who longs for adventure. She ends up meeting pirates while sailing on the open seas, having a job as a tightrope walker in the circus where she narrowly escapes a hungry lion, and frees a whole crew of captured chickens (which include ...more
The author was recently named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, and I decided to check out some of her books after watching an interview with her. This book is about Louise, a chicken with a mind of her own and a taste for wandering, but enough sense to know when to go back home. I recommended it to both of my daughters to buy for nieces/nephews/friends' children. Children as young as about three with a good sense of humor would enjoy this, and it would be a fun first "chapter b ...more
Kay Mcgriff
How could I go wrong with a story by Kate DiCamillo? Louise is a brave chicken who yearns for more adventure than she can find in the hen house and farm yard. She discovers pirates sailing over the seas, lions rampaging at the circus, mysterious strangers lurking at a bazaar. After each adventure, she is glad to return home...until the next one calls.
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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.

Kate DiCamillo's own journey is something of a dream come true. After
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