Published by Candlewick
Summary: The spread before the title page shows a chicken crossing the road…and a large truck rounding a bend. The title page shows a flash of light and some feathers smack up against the front of the truck. And then…”What happened?” asks a ghostly chicken, rising from its flattened body on the road. Ghostly animals appear to fill her in on the fact that she’s become…poultrygeist! The chicken wants to be a friendly ghost, but the other animals insist she’s just being chicken, and should use her haunting powers to their fullest. Finally, she pulls a scary face that terrorizes the other ghosts back into hiding. The final page shows a happy squirrel about to cross the same stretch of road, with another truck barrelling around the bend. 32 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: For kids who like funny scares, this one will surely get a lot of laughs, and older readers will appreciate the clever wordplay (“Cock-a-doodle-boo!”). The neon illustrations against a black background provide a fun haunted look.
Cons: More sensitive readers may find this more gruesome than funny, and especially be disturbed by the cute little squirrel on the last page.