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Looking for Bobowicz

(The Hoboken Chicken Emergency #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  237 ratings  ·  30 reviews
When Nick moved from the leafy suburbs to muggy, urban Hoboken and his bike was stolen, he wasn't pleased.

Then he founda place where he could listen to pirate radio friends with a stack of Classics Comicsnewspaper reports about a kid named Arthur Bobowicz and a 266-pound chicken named Henriettathe secret entrance to Sibyl's Cave and much, much more, all of it practically t
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published May 25th 2004 by Harpercoll (first published 2004)
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Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-my-kids
This is another one of the books that I have listened to on cd where I think the parents liked it more than the kids. This book was laugh out loud funny. My oldest (9) also laughed through it but the younger kids didn't catch all of the humor. A good choice for a funny family read. ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Pinkwater perfection.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tend to find children's books predicable and thus dull, and I'm not saying I didn't figure out the main puzzle, but I could hardly claim this book is predictable. ...more
Nick has a happy life in Happy Valley, NJ. He likes his school, his modern house with a front and back yard, and suburban life in general. His parents, however, felt that the suburbs were a poor environment for a young boy to grow up in…so they move to Hoboken. Unsure of the logic of the move, Nick (whose real name is Ivan Itch) has the opportunity to experience the “urban lifestyle,” and he does from the first day-his bike is stolen. Although it is a used little girl’s bike with pink hearts all ...more
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Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Eccentric, Smart, Deadpan, Good Humor

The characters are eccentric, the plot is slapdash and zany, and the dialogue is drop dead funny. No one does clever, understated, deadpan kid humor better than Pinkwater and this book expands the Hoboken Chicken canon with another fine episode.

But here's the important thing - Pinkwater books are a unique mix of big-hearted, generous and forgiving good humor and smart, puckish, clever, sly wordplay and jokiness. I'm not quite sure how you can create restraine
Aug 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with a sense of humor
At his best, Daniel Pinkwater is delightful. In fact, even just running at 75% power, Daniel Pinkwater is intermittently delightful. In Looking for Bobwicz, he's at about 80% of his best, and that's good enough to get me through the book with some genuine laughs even on second reading (a few years after the first).

This sequel takes The Hoboken Chicken Emergency in long flashback. You'll be fine if you haven't read the related previous story.

This book includes the Hoboken Bat Hat Festival episode
Mar 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Fudge series by Judy Blume
Easily one of the most unusual reads that I can remember and I loved every minute of it. You wouldn't think a book involving an enormous chicken, the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, and a group of kids that like to spend time in an old basement would make for prime reading material, but you'd be wrong. This book is incredible, and timeless in its own way. What a great read. If you missed this one, you really missed something good. ...more
Jan 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you loved The Hoboken Chicken Emergency as much as I did, you will be delighted to read this eccentric companion novel. My favorite thing was that there was a character named Sean Vergessen, because that's the punchline of a Yiddish joke my grandmother used to tell. ("Sean Vergessen" sounding like the Yiddish for "I forgot.") My only complaint is that if Daniel Pinkwater is going to describe so many Classic Comics I wish he would have mentioned The Black Tulip, which is my favorite. ...more
Tyler McGaughey
I am so happy that Daniel Pinkwater is still out there, churning out these oddball wonders. This book contains a lot of references to classic chicken-themed songs of yore ("C-H-I-C-K-E-N," "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens," "A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But A Bird," etc.) and probably the best/dumbest joke about Dadaism ever, among other things. ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Pinkwater reading the book makes it all more fun. It's been days since I've turned the CD in and I'm still smiling! I love the confrontation at the end with the kids, Nick's parents and Vic. It's hilarious. I also loved the old songs. I’m looking forward to listening to more of Daniel Pinkwater’s books.

Daniel Pinkwater also has a podcast at

Ana Katrina Vargas
Mar 03, 2010 rated it liked it
The kids in my second grade literature circle absolutely loved this book. They had fun trying to solve the mystery and reading all the words that the characters used. Most importantly, they had fun reading it and they understood everything.
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Cute sequel to the 'Hoboken Chicken Emergency' about a boy that hears of the urban legend of the giant chicken and decides to investigate it.
The usual mix of humor, odd food and fun characters.
Love the little world that Pinkwater has created.

Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Another story about the giant chicken. Love this series for kids.
May 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast read, the younger kids enjoyed it. A bit silly but alright.
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Love Daniel Pinkwater. Nothing has surpassed Rainy Morning yet, but every sentence is a joy to read.
Suzan Jackson
One of our family's all-time favorite audiobooks. Fun and very funny, even the 6th or 7th time! ...more
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this sequel of sorts better than the Hoboken Chicken Emergency. The author tied in very well with some plot points of the first book with this.
Marilyn B
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My eight year old son adored this book...which was really the whole point of reading it.
We enjoyed this as well. Next we'll try one of his non-chicken books. ...more
A maybe a lot silly!
Apr 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, humor
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite child fiction writers of all time.
May 22, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit
I learned to be nice to chickens.
May 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pinkwater fans
Recommended to Abby by: others by the author
Shelves: kids, humorous, read_2013
A sequel to The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, a madcap romp with giant chickens and the Bobowicz family in New Jersey. Enough said. :)
Aug 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply adored this book!
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Daniel Manus Pinkwater is an author of mostly children's books and is an occasional commentator on National Public Radio. He attended Bard College. Well-known books include Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, and the picture book The Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater has also illustrated many of his books in the past, although for more recent works that ...more

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