Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Kjartan Poskitt
Illustrator: Wes Hargis
Publisher: Clarion Books
Thirteen baby chicks have just hatched at Agatha’s school. When the chicks’ brooding box breaks, Agatha and her friends are charged with caring for the little fluff balls for a night. After taking them home, they realize that there is one missing! They scramble to figure out its whereabouts, but have no luck. The next day at school, chicken number thirteen magically reappears. Agatha solves the mystery of where it had been, as well as why it was purple when it returned.
The book’s protagonist, Agatha, narrates the story in a manner that children can relate to. She is funny, endearing, and forthright. Spreads at the beginning of the book introduce the characters, as well as the street they live on, reminiscent of books with maps inside. The illustrations throughout the book do a wonderful job of bringing the characters and situations to life. There is even a puzzle to be solved at the end of the book that adds a layer of interactivity. This is truly an amusing book that sparks a desire to read the rest of Agatha’s adventures.