The Chicken Thief

The Chicken Thief


Written and illustrated by Béatrice Rodriguez

A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2010

A fox steals a hen away from her home. Bear, rabbit, and rooster give chase, but in an unusual twist, this fox is not a villain. Rather, he tenderly holds hen as he runs into the night. A funny and life-affirming story, The Chicken Thief defies expectations, enlivening the mind with its cleverness while going straight for the heart. A love story and a playful speculation on stereotypes and misconceptions, The Chicken Thief makes for an unforgettable reading experience for all ages!

ISBN: 978-1-59270-092-9
10" (W) x 5.88" (H) • 32 pages • HCJ

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A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2010
A School Library Journal Best Children's Book of 2010
A 2011 CCBC Choice
Selected for ABC Best Books for Children
Nominated for the Texas 2x2 Reading List
Nominated for the Rainbow Project
A 2011 Capitol Choices Notable Book for Children & Young Adults

Selected as a Top 10 Book of 2010 by Hooray for Books (Old Town Alexandria, VA)
Selected for the 2010 Top Ten by The Mystery Bookstore (Los Angeles, CA)

★ "For readers who love a good chase—and who doesn't?—this one is a delight from beginning to end." —STARRED REVIEW, Publishers Weekly

★ "The story closes with a surprise that kids will love [...] The layout is a great showcase for the wonderful paintings, which are all full of movement, drama, and a quietly goofy form of comedy. The colors and the sense of light are lovely, especially when the clear green of the forest sets off the orange fox and his little captive. A delightful wordless story." —STARRED REVIEW, School Library Journal

"Young readers ages 4-10 will delight in Ms. Rodriguez's delicate yet assured drawings." —Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal

"Delightful ink-and-wash artwork follows the winsome animals from countryesque cottages to deep-hued night forests to bright, sunny shores. Rodriguez shifts the mood from the comic, when fox and chicken enjoy a candlelit game of chess in an inner-mountain cave, to the affectionate, and the small details invite close viewing. Taken together, the scenes in this enjoyable tale send appealing messages about the pitfalls of assumptions and the pleasure of unexpected friendship." —Booklist

"This book is delightful in every way." —PW ShelfTalker

"The Chicken Thief will enthrall young readers with its tale told in exciting pictures from start to finish." —The Midwest Book Review

"A classic-to-be, this book is presented as the first in a new series of wordless concepts, a genre well worth exploring. With crisp, whimsical illustration, the author presents an amusing escapade [...] the climax will produce giggles rather than nightmares." —The Bloomsbury Review

"B. Rodriguez's The Chicken Thief and Fox and Hen Together are two of the most charming wordless picture books I've ever encountered. Check 'em out." —Nancy Pearl,

"Delightful. Funny. Sweet, but not syrupy so. Don't miss this one." —Julie Danielson, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"Rodriguez has reinvented a story with a fun surprise ending." —Miss Print

"The Chicken Thief goes on my list of superior wordless books for a child to savor." —


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