Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens
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Why did the chicken cross the road?
TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!
Giant robot chickens are terrorising the city of Aberdeen. Their aim: to peck out all signs of human resistance.
The streets are empty, the adults have vanished and those left behind must hide from the powerful poultry or get scrambled!
Jesse and his friends hatch a plot to stop the fowl fiends and take back their city but when a gang of kids take on an army of angry robot chickens, things don't eggs-actly go to plan.
Life in chicken apocalypse isn't all it's cracked up to be!
'Ticks lots of the boxes smart pre-teens look for in a satisfying read; a slump-free fast-moving plot; funny, stupid jokes (including a record number of egg-based puns); heroic globe-saving kids; a total absence of adults (they've disappeared), and some giant robot chickens. It's adorably daft, but it also has believable, sympathetic characters and a big heart. And it's fun to read aloud to an appreciative, perpetually speculating audience.'
-- The Big Issue, Kids' Books of the Year 2014
'Fans of action will enjoy the fast-paced skirmishes and fully-realized setting, while fans of comedy will appreciate the satirical elements, corny chicken jokes, and even cornier chicken puns. Despite the silliness of the premise, McCall treats his characters with surprising frankness: Jesse and Rayna cope with being displaced in Aberdeen, a city neither are from, and worry about their missing siblings, who have disappeared during the invasion. With humor, action, and layered characters, this title will be a hit with readers looking for a solid-albeit goofy-science-fiction story.'
-- School Library Journal
'Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens is simply the most enjoyable children's book I have read this year so far... I cannot recommend this book highly enough - and of course, it appeals equally to boys and girls.'
-- The School Librarian
'The story is full of timely action but not everything goes eggs-actly to plan. The plot is very engaging for both younger and older audiences. In my opinion, this is very well written for a debut published book. It's zany, fun and full of many laugh-out-loud moments to keep you on your claws.
This is one of the best chick flick books that I've read. At least this is what I would describe as a chick flick read to be enjoyed. It is cool, easy to read and will transport you to a world of pure fantasy.'
-- Mr Ripley's Enchanted Books
'A great twist on an end of the world apocalypse story! ... This story should appeal to both sexes. I would recommend Robot Chickens for both Year 5 and 6. This would also be a good class read because it is exciting and would be a good text to use for the discussion of survival.'
-- Armadillo Magazine
'McCall's debut won publication with the Kelpies Prize, which seeks new Scottish fiction for young readers. The totally foolish premise is made believable through strong writing and realistic characters. The swift pace and at-times goofy action sequences will charm readers who like their action with a few laughs. Kids saving themselves from the egg-pocalypse: priceless.'
-- Kirkus Reviews
'Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens is a good book! It is well written with some good jokes and twists.'
-- Johnny, Balerno Community High pupil, Teen Titles
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