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Publisher:  Duck Savage Publishing ISBN-10:  0973860603 Type: 


Copyright:  March, 2008 ISBN-13:  9780973860603

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Emily encounters Eggman who is raising Super Chickens. Eggman throws Emily in a cage. If Eggman has his way, Emily will end up at a kid's birthday party - and it won't be fun - at least not for Emily.

Emily is chased from the kitchen by her mother who has mistaken her for a rabbit.   Chased by the Animal Police, Emily escapes to Animal Valley.

The animals send her to Eggman's Eggplant. Using super growth food,  Eggman produces giant chickens that lay an egg-a-minute.

Eggman throws Emily and her friends in a cage.  He has a plan to use them to make even more money.

Emily and the animals will have to work togethor if they are to escape the fate that Eggman has planned for them

"The chicken balloons will be a big hit at birthday parties. Every kid will want one. We'll be rich." Eggman

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Chicken Balloons
Skunk acted as their guide. He stopped at the bottom of a hill. “Eggman is in the valley on the other side of the Hill,” said Skunk. “No one who has gone there has ever come back. I can’t go any further.”
Skunk looked at Snake, Spider, Robin and Emily Bunny and said, “You Gang of Four will have to continue on your own. Good luck.”

Skunk turned and walked back the way they had come. The Gang of Four turned their heads in the direction of the Hill and began to climb. A white chicken balloon rose over the hilltop and floated lazily over their heads, eventually disappearing as a tiny speck in the far sky.

Caterpillar is in Mexico, and Chameleon is busy looking like a leaf. Out of all the “Animals that Change,” only Frog could make it to the Big Rock for the emergency meeting called by Owl. There is serious business to discuss and hard questions to answer. All the animals are relying on Frog for direction. Emily has turned into a rabbit, and Snake, Spider, and Robin claim they were once kids too! After an extended period of water bowl gazing and fly eating, Frog speaks. “Emily must unplug Eggman.” With Snake, Spider, and Robin accompanying her, Emily sets out for Eggman’s Egg Plant.

Red chicken trucks pull into the egg plant, and various chicken balloons float out of the egg plant. Before the Gang of Four can venture inside, they encounter a rat. The rat warns them of the giant mice inside Eggman’s Plant. Once inside though, they see more than oversized mice. The flies are the size of birds, and the chickens on the conveyor belts are growing at alarming rates. They also notice Eggman likes to invent. He makes (and wears) fluffy ear coverings called Mouse Muffs, and he’s the manufacturer of products that have alternating abilities. These products include Whopper Chicken Feed, Egg-A-Minute, and Chicken Balloon Gas. Eggman wants to be rich, but these products he’s inventing and using are unnatural and heartless. Eggman is not alone is his deranged deeds. Two Egglets help Eggman run the plant, capture Emily, and lure all the animals in the woods to a special balloon party.

Unfortunately, it’s when Emily and the gang are behind bars in Eggman’s plant that they realize what Frog meant by “unplugging Eggman.” They need to get out of their cages so they can save themselves and the other animals from Eggman’s villainous schemes.

With some technology tampering and animal teamwork, there is a grand and successful rescue of the animals, but Eggman and the Egglets manage to dodge capture. Emily is a little sad after the rescue because she’s still a furry rabbit with buckteeth. It’s Frog they turn to for the answer again, and his answer makes everyone smile.

The author hasn’t said goodbye to his characters. The book ends with an uttered warning by Eggman and unresolved problems for Spider, Snake, and Robin. There are sure to be many children wanting to return to the Eggman stories for new adventures.

Peter Merry grew up on a farm, and he’s now living with his family in British Columbia where he practices law. This book does answer the question I’m sure everyone had before they read the book- just what is a chicken balloon?! But the story also reminds us how hard it is to break bad habits and that all animals need to be treated with kindness.


Tanya Boudreau is the librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.

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Reader Reviews for "Chicken Balloons: Eggman # 1"

Reviewed by alex dihes (алик дайхес) 8/12/2008
"Be nice to animals. And people too. If you do, they will be nice to you."

sir. honestly: does your life experience support this statement?
please, say yes. because neither know nor heard about somebody else.

just a question from another culture. nothig else.
peace and love
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 5/28/2008
The book sounds intriguing! It should hold a child attention, it held mine......M

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