by Cyndi Marko
Kirkus Reviews‘ Best Children’s Books of 2014
Winner of the 2015 Silver Birch Express Award
2015 Chocolate Lily Book Award Nominee
2017 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award
Kung Pow Chicken is the superhero everyone has been waiting for!
This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!
In this exciting full-color series, Gordon Blue transforms into Kung Pow Chicken, an avian superhero who fights crime in the city of Fowladelphia. The first book in the series kicks off when Gordon’s birdy senses lead him to a festival. Suddenly, POOF! Feathers fill the air and shivering naked chickens are everywhere. Why have all these chickens lost their feathers? Forced to wear wooly sweaters, the city itches for a hero. Kung Pow Chicken hops into his Beakmobile to save the day!
North American publisher: Scholastic, January 2014
Foreign rights sold: Brazil (Fundamento); Czech Republic (Nakladatelstvi Fragment); Korea (GorillaBox)
Foreign rights contact: Katie Carella, Scholastic
Film/TV rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
Marko’s debut is a perfectly puntastic page-turner. Hybrids of comics and traditional pictures, the goofy all-color illustrations propel the fast-moving, high-interest story. ‘Ham and eggs!’—you don’t want to miss this!” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
Newcomer Marko dives headlong into superhero comedy in this hilarious kickoff to the Kung Pow Chicken series … Puns, one-liners, and goofy superpowered action are in abundant supply … Just the thing for beginning readers eying the Captain Underpants shelf.” —Publishers Weekly
The frequent poultry plays on words are sure to elicit giggles from young readers. This first offering in a series will have broad appeal among independent readers who have outgrown easy readers but are not yet ready for books relying more on text than illustration.”—School Library Journal
Step aside, Captain Underpants! … Fresh, funny, and packed with full-color illustrations, this new transitional series will be an instant hit with readers looking for silly fun and a touch of mystery.”—Booklist
Absurdly compelling … Kids who want something short and funny but are not quite ready for Pilkey’s Captain Underpants or Super Diaper Baby series will find this just their speed”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books