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There were many hints that it was not appropriate for them early on, but I ignored them bc I found the book so interesting myself. Eventually I did give them something else to listen to and finished it on my own. The book was a really strange combination of well-written and completely non-formulaic for a tween novel, and then a little odd in a not good way.
I agree with another reviewer who thought th This was an audio book that was supposed to keep my 7 and 8 yr old kids entertained in the car. I agree with another reviewer who thought that Don as well as his parents are a bit pathologic in their behavior -- enough so that it would be nice to have a diagnosis or for the author to at least show awareness of how "off" and abusive the behavior is of the parents, not Don. The character of Don is so sweetly written, and that's what really strung me along -- to see what happened to him.
Not that I found out, bc the ending is very inconclusive.
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I'd recommend it for tween audiences, but not for adults or younger kids. Sep 19, Lavender rated it it was amazing. The Chicken Dance is a book about a ingnored boy named Don who lives on a chicken farm on Hose Island, his love of chickens,his crazy parents, and his dead sister Dawn.
One day, Don heard his parents yelling at each other because his mom has to watch the chickens. Since Don loved chickens, he told his mom that he would watch the chickens. He learned so much about chickens that when he entered a chicken-judging competition, he won! This competition leads to a giant chain of events, which leads h The Chicken Dance is a book about a ingnored boy named Don who lives on a chicken farm on Hose Island, his love of chickens,his crazy parents, and his dead sister Dawn.
This competition leads to a giant chain of events, which leads him to disovering family secrets he never dreamed of. This book was a great book because it lead you one way, then twisted it completely. You thought this book was a humor book, just for fun, but half way through, it became a mystery. Then the mystery turned and twisted,then twisted again. It wasn't detailed, but it gave a you enough information with soling the mystery ahead of time. Don is humerous character that you will grow to love and sypathize. May 08, babyhippoface rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: no one, really.
Shelves: kids-fiction. I think I'm in the minority here, but this book bothered me. It was just so sad.
I kept waiting for good things to happen to this boy, but even when they did, the depressing in his life took over and just overshadowed everything. Don had a highly-developed fantasy life because his social skills were stunted by neglect and indifference. Even though he remained hopeful and caring, as evidenced by the selfless choice he made in the end, I couldn't help but think about how he would probably pay dear I think I'm in the minority here, but this book bothered me. Even though he remained hopeful and caring, as evidenced by the selfless choice he made in the end, I couldn't help but think about how he would probably pay dearly for that choice for the rest of his life.
Maybe I took the book way too seriously. Played as a black comedy, this could probably be funny along the lines of Napoleon Dynamite or Married with Children, if you think those are funny.
Played seriously, as I read it, it was just too depressing. View 2 comments. Oct 26, Debra rated it liked it Shelves: audio , fiction , young-adult. Don doesn't fit in and never has since his family moved to remote Horse Island.
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Until Don entered the local chicken judging contest and won. Now he is the most popular guy around - and he isn't sure why. I liked the story and loved Don, but his parents and home life was horrible. A hen-pecked, remote father and a self-absorbed mother make Don's favorite friends his chickens. There is no adult guiding wisdom in his life. He depends on his inner voice guiding him and that is a dangerous prospect f Don doesn't fit in and never has since his family moved to remote Horse Island.
He depends on his inner voice guiding him and that is a dangerous prospect for a twelve year old. At the end he makes the most important decision of his life depending on the his favorite chicken, K. I felt his decision and reasoning was absolutely wrong. No twelve year old should have to "fix" his parents, and a life long pattern will not easier be broken.
Jun 08, Jorge rated it liked it. Eleven-year-old Don Schmidt leads a lonely and solitary life. Trained early for complete submission by his aloof parents, Don never speaks unless spoken to. That includes everyone, even other children. Any attention he receives is limited to screeching criticism from his mother and harsh teasing from the kids at school, especially popular Leon. His father goes to work and then comes home to stare at the TV, basically ignoring him. Jun 14, Tracie rated it really liked it Shelves: middle-school , historical.
The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending. Really, readers deserved better because the story and characters were so engaging. Don lives on Horse Island with his distant parents they don't even remember his birthday.
His joy in life comes when he is finally allowed to take over care of the flock of chickens his mother despises and fears. Once Don finds this calling, things in his life begin to change and so do the people around him as secrets from the past begin to appear an The only thing I didn't like about this book was the ending. Once Don finds this calling, things in his life begin to change and so do the people around him as secrets from the past begin to appear and wreak havoc. This story was heartbreaking in so many ways, but I really loved Don as a character.
Jan 09, Karla rated it it was amazing Shelves: childrens , ya.
I never knew chickens could be so interesting Don's mother is a self-absorbed former Vegas showgirl who hates living on a chicken farm in a po-dunk town on Horse Island. Don's father is mostly absent. Neither pays Don any attention until he becomes the youngest person to win the local chicken judging contest. Suddenly, he is a minor celebrity.http://leondumoulin.nl/language/autobiographies/the-gnawing-thoughts.php
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Don is such a charming, funny, sincere boy that you just find your I never knew chickens could be so interesting Don is such a charming, funny, sincere boy that you just find yourself rooting for him to be valued by his family and community. A funny, poignant read with surprising twists for middle grade readers.
Jul 05, Miranda rated it liked it. This book came through check-in a couple days ago, and so I grabbed it, intrigued by the cover flap blurb. It kept me up until three in the morning. Not because it was a fabulous book, but because it was intriguing. The author did an excellent job of coming from an 11 to 12 year old perspective, and not straying from that view. Being more knowledgeable than the protagonist, things fell into place a lot sooner for me than for him, which w This book came through check-in a couple days ago, and so I grabbed it, intrigued by the cover flap blurb.
Being more knowledgeable than the protagonist, things fell into place a lot sooner for me than for him, which was rather brilliant. And so, I give it 3 stars. Dec 16, Makenzie rated it really liked it. On dons birthday he waits for the party, presents but instead his batty old parents get into their monthly argument. And this time it's about who has to feed the chickens.
And it always ends with his mother saying" I hate it here ". What happens next is that don is the youngest kid ever to win the horse island judging contest. Soon his mother knows that something strange is going on everyone knows her son.
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A Big adventure begins after winning the contest to traveling to Baton Rouge And New Orlea On dons birthday he waits for the party, presents but instead his batty old parents get into their monthly argument. A Big adventure begins after winning the contest to traveling to Baton Rouge And New Orleans friends a missing sister and a big secret. People will love this book. Book review Jan 12, Nova rated it really liked it. Couvillon does a wonderful job of telling a story of a 12 year old, Stanley aka Don living on a chicken farm with his dysfunctional parents.
I wouldn't have thought a book about a chicken farm in a small American could be so gripping but my heart went out to Don as he struggles to fit in, tries to do things so his parents accept and love him and talks to his chickens for company. One thing that annoyed me big time about this book is that all the story Stanley was peddling his bike but he still Couvillon does a wonderful job of telling a story of a 12 year old, Stanley aka Don living on a chicken farm with his dysfunctional parents. One thing that annoyed me big time about this book is that all the story Stanley was peddling his bike but he still had it at the end.
Maybe the author meant pedalling!!!! Oct 08, Dracolibris rated it it was ok Shelves: ya-lit , , audiobooks. I think the listening to this book, may have been to its detriment with me. I felt like Don's voice was incredibly young, slow and immature far too many "likes" and "I didn't know's" not delivered in a witty way. By the end, I was appalled that anyone could stand to be around his mother for one more minute and disappointed in the abrupt ending.
Nov 06, Jill Pickle rated it really liked it Shelves: middle-grade. Poor Stanley. He lives on a chicken farm where his mother keeps chickens for "ambience," his father is acting secretive, and neither parent pays any attention to him. I laughed myself silly throughout this book, especially at Stanley's parents — who rival Matilda's parents or any of Roald Dahl's adult figures for laughable ignorance. I carried Chicken Dance with me everywhere I went so I could join Stanley as he uncovered the mystery of his family.