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The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,274 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Arthur goes to pick up the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner but comes back with a 260-pound chicken.
Hardcover, 83 pages
Published March 1st 1977 by Prentice Hall (first published 1977)
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Monica Edinger
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful book. Can't recall if I ever read it. This time I read it aloud and my 4th graders to a one loved it. Great follow-up to Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer.
Arthur Bobowicz is instructed by his mother to pick up the family's Thanksgiving turkey. But the butcher lost Mrs. Bobowicz's order, and has no extra turkeys to spare. Arthur trudges around Hoboken, first trying to find a turkey, and then trying to find ANY kind of bird his family could eat for Thanksgiving. Almost ready to give up, Arthur stumbles upon a sign on an apartment door advertising chickens for sale. Arthur thinks it must be some kind of shady meat vendor, but he's desperate. When he ...more
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
How can you not love a 266 pound potato eating pet chicken with hurt feelings?
Chance Lee
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Some people made a sort of moaning noise when they saw the chicken." This madcap chapter book about a boy who unexpectedly befriends a giant chicken has a plot that spirals out of control but never ceases to be fun. This edition has incredible illustrations that add to the book's quirky whimsy. Written in the late 70s, this book is still relevant today when it comes to its message about mob mentality and distrust in the perception of the general public. When people see something they don't ...more
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was sort of funny and sort of sad. I didn't like how they tormented Henrietta. They tormented her because she's a giant chicken and they were scared of her. I liked in the end that they treated her with respect. She was 166 lbs!!!! Some people thought she was a guerilla, some people thought she was a polar bear. Some knew she was a chicken. At the end someone bought her a giant root beer. I would recommend this book because it's funny. They started by not liking her, and it is not like ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Pinkwater Fans / Young Readers Who Like Funny Stories
Chickens, as everyone knows, "are very sensitive birds... When their feelings are hurt, they become unpleasant, anti-social. A perfectly sweet chicken can become a bitter destructive bird, if it feels that it is unwanted..."

And so it is with Henrietta, the 266 pound chicken young Arthur Bobowicz brings home one Thanksgiving. When Arthur's father insists that the massive bird must go, Henrietta ends up frightened and homeless, lashing out angrily at the world around her. It's the "Hoboken
Rain Misoa
Mar 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children and People raised in Hoboken
Recommended to Rain by: Nicole Terazue A.K.A. My Best Bud!
So my friend comes to visit me for the first time in five years from up North for nine days. What do we do with our time together? A lot of stuff… and go to the library! XD I am such a nerd when it comes to books so of course I had to drag my best bud to one of the many branches my library has. I wanted to take her to all of them but, alas, there’s only so much you can do in nine days. Oh well… at least I managed to take her to one of them! Anyway, we go to one of the branches and we start ...more
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun and exciting chapter book for young children! It is a story that takes place on Thanksgiving day in Hoboken, New Jersey. Arthur, the main character in the novel, goes to the meat market to find a turkey, but ends up with Henrietta, a two hundred and sixty six pound chicken.

The chapter book is engaging, fun, and exciting for readers. It is a book that you will not be able to put down! The Hoboken Chicken Emergency is a book that both adults and children will like. It has many
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-humor
A quirky story about a boy and his love for his pet, Henrietta, a 266 lb. potato loving chicken. There is plenty of silly slapstick humor with Henrietta running loose all over Hoboken and strangers mistaking her for a gorilla. The story loses steam towards the end -- everyone is too scared of Henrietta to be nice to her and as a result Henrietta becomes mean. But there is a sweet moral at the end; basically making it clear to everyone that if they are nice to Henrietta, she will be nice in ...more
Deanna Holdsworth
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once in awhile you need to read books published many years ago and I did just that by reading The Hoboken Chicken Emergency. It was a quick read and I enjoyed it.
When Arthur goes to pick up the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner he finds there are no more turkeys available. He buys a chicken instead, a live big chicken! His mother does not want to cook a live chicken so he is able to keep Henrietta, the chicken, as a pet. Arthur teaches Henrietta a few tricks to impress his friends. When Henrietta
Sarah Rubin
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when there are no turkeys left in Hoboken and a young boy has to bring something, any bird, home to for his mother to cook for holiday dinner?

A 266 pound chicken is what happens. But Henrietta is much more (and a little less) than a holiday turkey replacement. Through her antics we see the world as Arthur Bobowicz sees it - the other kids, the dogs, the adults that live in the apartments around him.

This is an oldie that still has the power to make me laugh. I had so much fun
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of this book, and when I found it in a little free library, my daughter, knowing that I like to read children’s books, told me I should get it because it was a good one. What a delight it was. The premise of coarse, is absolutely ridiculous - a 266 pound chicken on the rampage, pursued by all the city of officials, police, fire department, dogcatcher, until the once placid, now terrified, Henrietta rebells, and causes havoc. Can her friend, nine year old Arthur intervene and ...more
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short, simple, silly and sweet. One of the most remarkable things is how Henrietta could be so easily trained, given her 266-pound size. And although not always on board, the Bobowicz parents are to be commended for their open-mindedness in allowing such a large pet in their home. I'm glad the author made Henrietta such a sympathetic character. I'd love to take a ride in the mayor's new semi-official limousine as well.
Kira Nerys
This book came highly recommended. I enjoyed it . . . except the writing's at that 3rd-4th grade level that, for me, just doesn't quite hold up to an adult reader. The story's great--absurd, touching--but it didn't make me laugh. Nonetheless, the premise is pretty hilarious, and I definitely think children around that age will adore this story of Arthur and Henrietta.
Alex Carlson
A cute, quick, and fun read for young children about what happens when we let fear corrupt our sensibilities. After attempting traps, outside experts, and a full police force, the townspeople realize that kindness is what wins in the end.
A creative, somewhat dated outrageous tale . If it engages the reader then it's doing it's job
The title sucked me in. It wasn't as exciting as the title made it sound. A fun read for middle grade kids, but it seemed a little wordy.
Erin Pierce
What can I say about a book whose main character is a 266lb pet chicken that can do tricks?? This book is super funny and cute, my kids and I enjoyed it.
Kest Schwartzman
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This, on the other hand, is GREAT fun. I even like the not-so-subtle takaway message of kindness being the way to handle fear. Good stuff. Great chicken.
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 7yo and I enjoyed this book. Maybe not Pinkwater’s best, but still funny.
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another silly chicken book from Daniel Pinkwater
Bryan Allison
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this when I was younger, and thinking it was kind of crazy and eccentric and funny. I stand by my early thoughts, and can't wait to share this fun book with my own children.
An entertaining story about a giant chicken on the lose in Hoboken NJ. This will be a fun read a loud book (and Hoboken is a fun word to say)
Lady Susan
This was a fun book to read aloud during Thanksgiving. The kids chuckled and enjoyed the illustrations.
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hilariously funny little book. I love Daniel Pinkwater's sense of humor, and this tale of a giant chicken and a boy was just what I needed for a light and fun read.
Dec 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My brother brought this home over the Thanksgiving holiday, wanting to read the nostalgic book during the season when the action takes place. When their holiday order for a turkey gets lost, Arthur is sent out to get a bird, any bird. Turkeys, chickens and ducks are sold out at every grocery store in town and Arthur even checked the Indian Spice house. When he answers an advertisement for Professor Mazzochi’s super chickens he ends up returning home with a 266 pound chicken named Henrietta. ...more
I read this again for the first time in years this week, and was filled with a warm, nostalgic feeling. I think I read it in class for the first time in Fourth grade, and was amused by its surreal, matter-of-fact story. Daniel Pinkwater is a master of writing bizarre, weird, funny, and human stories, filled with eccentric characters and insights into the world. Though I later came to favor Lizard Music, HCE was my introduction to the exciting, surprising, and suprisingly philospohic work of ...more
Scott Baxter
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading Pinkwater's book. It was one of Michal's favorites in second grade and he did a class project about it and I was curious to read it ever since then. Like all of Pinkwater's books, this one is filled with an absurd sense of humor as, I think, the following passage illustrates:

"But how do you get squared off goldfish?" he asked.
"Of course! My secret! I do this: I put the little baby goldfish in a medium sized tank. All around the tank I put beautiful oil paintings of the
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Nobody in Arthur Bobowicz’s family really liked turkey.” But Arthur’s father insists on it for Thanksgiving dinner. “Poppa came from Poland, and he was very big on holidays, and being an American … Most of the kids in the neighborhood had the same scene at home. … They all had fathers like Arthur Bobowicz’s father—they came from Italy, and the Ukraine, and Puerto Rico, and Hong Kong. The kids were all being raised to be Americans, and everyone’s father knew that Americans eat turkey on ...more
Daniel Pinkwater is an expert at writing funny, quirky stories that are truly a treat to read. The Hoboken Chicken Emergency is one of those. It’s written on probably a late-elementary- to middle-school level, but personally I think it would be fun for anyone of any age, as long as they’re able to appreciate Pinkwater’s sense of humor (yes, some folks might have a problem with that). The whole tale is absolutely an absurd tall tale from start to finish. But it’s also a cute story of family and ...more
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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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