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The Bulletin Dozen is a monthly theme-based booklist available as an online-only Bulletin feature. Since we're awfully fond of bakers here at the Bulletin, we thought we'd adopt their philosophy of generosity and throw in an extra one or two when we have them to offer--so don't expect an even dozen. Please feel free to copy, download, or link to these lists. We ask only that you cite the source. See the archive for lists from previous months.

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Fowl Play: A Chicken Dozen
--selected by Loretta Gaffney

No matter what chickens are doing, they always seem to be funny; perhaps this is why some comedians carry a rubber one in reserve. This picture-book list of chicken misbehavior, mockery, and mayhem features a variety of settings (from farm to beach), of characters (naughty chickens, fashionable chickens), and of themes, from the duping of foxes to the ever-popular announcement of the falling sky. It seems, with apologies to vegetarians, that chicken really does go with everything, though we're limiting the list to stories about live chickens! In any case, here are thirteen chicken picture books—don't worry, they've hatched, so it's okay to count them.

Need more chickens? Never enough chickens? Then check out Janet Morgan Stoeke's Minerva Louise series, featuring the adventures of a plucky hen, and don't miss the rest of Mary Jane and Herm Auch's chicken-themed spoofs such as Bantam of the Opera , Hen Lake, and Poultrygeist .

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