Review written by: Alan
Chicken Chicken is a story about two siblings named Crystal and Cole living on a rural chicken farm. Crystal explains how her parents have always dreamed of leaving the urban city and going to a rural area to farm chickens, but Crystal and Cole hate chickens for being filthy. They seem to frequently argue about whose turn it is to feed the chickens or other tasks related to chickens. One day Crystal is told to watch Cole and finds Cole hanging out with his friends Anthony, Franky, and Jeremy. Cole has dared Franky and Jeremy to put water in a woman named Vanessa's mailbox. Vanessa is a strange woman who dresses in all black and tends to be solitary. Many kids call her a sorcerer and claim she practices witchcraft. Eventually Franky and Jeremy escape without being spotted, but Vanessa gives Anthony, Cole and Crystal dirty looks as they run away. The siblings are scared and Cole teases Crystal about being scared of Vanessa for the next days. One day Crystal sees Cole and Anthony fighting over an egg toss. Cole and Anthony bump into Vanessa carrying her groceries. Anthony apologizes and runs away with Cole and Crystal, but not before Vanessa points at Cole and Crystal in a sinister manner and mutters the words, "Chicken, chicken". Cole and Crystal find themselves slowly morphing into chickens, which interferes with normal activities such as eating and talking. Finally, after realizing that Vanessa must have cursed them, Cole and Crystal go to Vanessa's house to apologize in hopes that the spell will be reversed, but Vanessa is not home. Crystal sees books through a window that look like spellbooks, so Cole and her creep inside Vanessa's house to try to find a spell that will cure them. They try a spell but accidently make themselves bigger, then they do it again which makes them smaller. Suddenly Vanessa returns home and laughs at them. You'll have to read the book to find out what happens next!
This book uses elements of mystery and horror to create a suspenseful experience. R. L. Stine's style is best for people who are younger teens, as many of them will relate to the characters in this book. The events associated with the characters are smoothly connected. This book is written in clear language and is easy to read. The word choice makes for a climatic feeling in some places in the book. However, the ending may not be what you expect! I recommend this book for anybody who is around the ages of 12-14 and is looking for a horror-mystery style book.