Candlewick. Aug. 2021. 32p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536210507.
K-Gr 2–Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side, of course. But what happens when the chicken is suddenly mowed down by a semitrailer truck and wakes up “on the other side”? Geron’s debut picture book delivers a fresh take on the classic joke. Puns and ghostly humor will have readers laughing as the chicken awakens to a new reality that takes a turn for the worse when our hero is approached by a pack of ghouls, veterans on the other side, waiting with a spooky assignment. “Your goal, now that you’re a ghoul, is to turn someone’s sunny side up…into sunny side down.” Chicken doesn’t want to haunt others, but preschoolers will love the mayhem that ensues when the protagonist accidentally scares away the pack. The dark palette and exaggerated illustrations are clever and ghoulish, and young readers will be fascinated by the intricate details of each sketch.
VERDICT An ideal Halloween read-aloud and great for children with an appreciation for the macabre.

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