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Zoey the Chicken

Chicken on Vacation

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Zoey the chicken needs a vacation! Zoey knows you don’t need to go to the shore to have the perfect beach day...but you do need a great imagination and a treasure map! Will Zoey lead her barnyard pals to buried treasure? Chicken on Vacation is a Level One I Can Read, which means it's perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. Whether shared at home or in a classroom, the short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts of Level One books support success for children eager to start reading on their own. From the author-illustrator duo that brought you the hilarious  Chicken in Space, Chicken in School , and Chicken in Mittens , a Level One I Can Read that School Library Journal calls “a fun book that is perfect for budding readers.”

32 pages, Hardcover

Published June 5, 2018

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Adam Lehrhaupt

21 books93 followers
Adam Lehrhaupt is the award-winning author of Warning: Do Not Open This Book!, Please: Open This Book!, Chicken in Space (A six book series: Book 2 Chicken in School lands June 20, 2017), I Will Not Eat You and the upcoming I Don't Draw, I Color (March 21, 2016), Wordplay (July 2017), Idea Jar (Fall 2017), and This is a Good Story (Spring, 2018). He has traveled to six continents, performed on Broadway, and lived on a communal farm. He firmly believes that opening a book is a good thing, even if there are monkeys in it. Adam currently lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, with his wife, two sons, and two bizarre dogs. Follow Adam on twitter and Instagram @lehrhaupt for the occasional brilliant thought or picture, and at adamlehrhaupt.com.

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9,318 reviews399 followers
July 4, 2021
I want Zoey to be my friend... or at least I want to have her imagination.... recommended.
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2,526 reviews59 followers
August 22, 2018
What a great story! Zoey needs a vacation and she's going to the beach. She's taking Sam, the pig with her and Sam has invited Pip, the mouse to come along too. This vacation is more like an adventure, as Zoey has quite the imagination as the three of them head off to the beach. You might just think they are building sand castles, swimming in the water, playing in a field and climbing on a tractor but to a few of them, they are actually searching for treasure, running from a crab, swimming in an ocean and discovering a shipwreck. What a fun-filled day for these three friends. But, the day is not finished until they discover the three friends find the treasure.
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5,206 reviews103 followers
August 6, 2018
First sentence: Zoey burst into the barn. "Pack your hat, Sam!" she said. "We're going on a beach vacation!"

Premise/plot: Chicken on Vacation is an I Can Read level one early reader starring one of my favorite characters. Last year I reviewed three books starring Zoey the chicken: Chicken in School, Chicken in Space, and Chicken in Mittens. (Chicken in Mittens and Chicken on Vacation are 2018 Cybils eligible.) In this book, Zoey and Sam are heading to the beach. (OR are they?!?!)

My thoughts: I really ADORE Zoey. I do. I never thought that one of my favorite sub-sub-genres of picture books would be CHICKEN BOOKS. But there are some great books out there. I would recommend the whole series.
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1,266 reviews4 followers
May 6, 2020
Reviewed for School Library Journal-August 2018

PreS-Gr 1—Zoey the chicken is back in another diminutive tale for new readers. Zoey invites her friends, Sam the pig and Pip the mouse, on a beach vacation. As they march to their destination, Zoey encourages them to look at the ocean view and sandy beach, but all Pip sees is a pond and some dirt. No matter, soon Sam is happily swimming in the mud and even Pip is content splashing in the pond. The outing wouldn't be complete without a splendid adventure, and when Pip finds a piece of paper, Zoey declares it to be a treasure map. The hunt is on and the three friends proceed to encounter ordinary objects that Zoey's keen imagination turns into something grand. A tractor is now a lookout tower and an old fence is transformed into a shipwreck. Luckily for all involved, the buried treasure turns out to be a picnic pie for all to enjoy. Zoey's enthusiasm and imagination are infectious and young readers will relate to the action in the book. Short sentences and colorful illustrations by Kober will aid in comprehension. VERDICT: A solid addition for emerging readers, especially for fans of Chicken in Mittens.
590 reviews2 followers
February 23, 2019
Zoey is a chicken with an overactive imagination as she takes two of her friends down to the local pond which she claims is the ocean, the dirt is beach, the tractor is lookout tower, etc. I do like her optimism and creativity. And the ending sets up for a possible sequel.

This book is categorized as a beginning reader level one which in this series means short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts for children eager to read on their own. However, not sure how many beginning readers know the words - shipwreck, treasure, kingdom - but I may be wrong.
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2,849 reviews12 followers
August 7, 2020
My Review: I am new to the Chicken books but it looks like there are quite a few. It maybe would have been helpful to start with a book that introduces the characters but it isn't necessary. This is a great book for this summer where so many of us are having to vacation near home. It sparks a bit of imagination and creates a fun adventure from nothing. Young readers will have a blast creating their own mini vacations at home. This was a great level one book, simple words and a lot of repetition, bold text and great illustrations.
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7,500 reviews94 followers
January 20, 2020
Zoey the Chicken is ready to go on vacation. With a little imagination, she, Sam, and Pip are off to the beach and then go on a treasure hunt.

Zoey is nothing if not imaginative. I love that her imagination seems like something totally plausible for a child to come up with. Animal lovers, humor fans, and kids with great imaginations should love Zoey's trip to the "beach."
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292 reviews4 followers
September 26, 2018
Readers will need help with the word "vacation," but besides that this is a sweet imaginary trip.
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27 reviews
January 30, 2019
Pip is a party pooper. Sam is always focused on lunch. The surprise at the end is that he isn’t lunch. No fried chicken, either. 

Read to me by Mom and Dad.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
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99 reviews
March 19, 2019
My emerging reader and I enjoyed this book together and had a lot of laughs enjoying it together.
14 reviews
July 8, 2021
Cute book!

I read with my son on vacation. We both thought it was a cute story! We will read the others by this author.
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1,885 reviews9 followers
June 4, 2019
Countdown to Kindergarten: Letter V. Chicken and her friends go on vacation to the "beach." Imagination reigns supreme in this cute story.

Beach Story Time.

Downgraded from 4 stars to 3.
352 reviews
March 13, 2021
It is about chicken bursting,into the barn and she was saying that they were going on a vacation and find treasure and build a sand castle thank youuuuu.
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