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The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

(The Hoboken Chicken Emergency #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,374 ratings  ·  124 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. ...more
Amy Holland
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?
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, read-aloud-john
Absolutely charming!
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 brows ...more
Chance Lee
"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 unde ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was enjoying Kelly Jones' Unusual Chickens For The Exceptional Poultry Farmer (highly recommended), in which Pinkwater's Hoboken Chicken Emergency is the book Jones' heroine reads aloud to her birds. Of course I had to get and read it. As zany and amusing as I remembered Pinkwater's work to be, of course. He is in a category of his own. ...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 Chicke
Good story -- good for lower grades. Enjoyed it.
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 twist
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 retur ...more
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
A very out-there children's book, classic Pinkwater. ...more
If I want funny, I go for a children's book . So I am wandering around the children's library and spotted this Pinkwater book. I thought I had read all his books, but here was one I never knew about - with a great cover to boot. (I am sucker for covers and this one had a giant chicken plus screaming, running people.) I'm in! And it did not disappoint. Very funny in that Pinkwater style where you form a bond with the misunderstood animal aka Henrietta and also the poor human called Arthur.
How ha
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 e
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have fond childhood memories of this book and enjoyed reading it out loud to my kids-- but the feminist in me had to "gloss" some of it as I read. It's not just that it would fail the Bechdel test-- only female characters are his mom and the chicken. It's more that the city council, nameless/faceless folks, can still be addressed as "gentlemen." It's probably good for me to realize that it's not *that* long ago that it was unimaginable to have a woman in local government-- but it's not like ki ...more
Sarah Rubin
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, youth-mg
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 rereadi
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 sa ...more
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up.

A kid's book can be a wonderful place to go. I work at a library shelving/pulling books. So I see (and read or just page through) a lot of books, from basic picture books through adult nonfiction.

Not sure if I got a kick out of the book itself or just return-to-childhood book. This is an older book I found in discards, doubt current kids could relate well. But it was fun, hence the rounding up.

Don't so much expect you to go find this chapter book as to remember - there's not an a
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. ...more
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. ...more
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chickens
What a great cover on this reprint (2007). Not only are there new illustrations for this classic tale, but the text has been changed (may be text from the 1999 revision) from the original. There’s a good message about not prejudging on first encounter and to treat others with kindness and appreciation. And, of course, it’s got a chicken. Who doesn’t love chickens!
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.
Katy Lovejoy
Apr 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For years I've seen this on the shelves in our house

I have always tried to pick this up and habe only ever gotten as far as a few pages in.

But my library is closed for a few days so I finally read it.

And it is the most ridiculous thing o have ever read
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.
Lady Susan
This was a fun book to read aloud during Thanksgiving. The kids chuckled and enjoyed the illustrations.
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. ...more
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. ...more
A creative, somewhat dated outrageous tale . If it engages the reader then it's doing it's job ...more
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.
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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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