Gladys the Magic Chicken (Hardcover)
November/December 2021 Kids Indie Next List
“A perfect combination of silly and profound. Is Gladys magic, or do the humans who believe in her make their own magic? Follow Gladys’s roundabout journey through a slightly less than historical version of ancient times and no matter what your age, you will believe, or just have a good time.”
— Anmiryam Budner, Main Point Books, Wayne, PA
Wild Rumpus has always had a soft spot for chickens, but none of them have been magic as far as I can tell. Not like the legendary Gladys, who traveled the land in ancient times. Wishes were fulfilled wherever she went, because Gladys was magic, right? Or maybe we are all just hoping to see a little magic in the real world, even if it may come from a chicken.
Anna— From Staff Picks: Picture Books
Gladys the chicken must be magic. After all, for everyone who encounters her, a wish is granted. The Shepherd Boy wishes to be beautiful, the Brave Swordsman wishes to join the Royal Guard, the Purple Pooh-bah wishes for his only daughter to be happy, and the Learned Princess wishes to escape the palace. And one by one, each of these wishes comes true. But . . . is Gladys really magic? Or is everyone making their own fortune? Either way, it adds up to one heck of an adventure for a chicken named Gladys. Blending a classic storybook feel with a thoroughly modern sense of humor, this side-splitting read aloud is perfect for anyone who wishes to see magic in the world—even if they are only looking at a chicken.
Adam Rex has illustrated many books for children, including the New York Times bestseller The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt. He is the author and illustrator of Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, also a New York Times bestseller; Nothing Rhymes with Orange; and On Account of the Gum.
A Kids' Indie Next List Pick
A Golden Kite Award Finalist
A Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
A Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee
"[A] magical (not to mention hilarious) tale . . . In the annals of fabulous fowl, surely Gladys reigns supreme . . . Everyone's gonna love it." —Booklist, starred review
"[A] knee-slapping, wing-flapping picture book romp . . . Rubin's humorous narration strikes the perfect tone for reading aloud . . . Cartoonishly zany." —Shelf Awareness
"Rubin and Rex fracture mythology left and right, with a performance-worthy, aside-heavy text and comically dramatic digital cartooning . . . Gladys’s feathered manifestation of that very human desire to “see magic in the world” is nothing to cluck at." —Publishers Weekly
"Written with a cheeky tone, this offbeat story puts a modern spin on exaggerated archetypal characters . . . Will appeal to elementary-age kids as well as adults . . . Flamboyant illustrations, unexpected adventures, and larger-than-life characters anchor this zany read-aloud." —Kirkus Reviews
"Sure to elicit more than a few laughs . . . The final lesson that there is magic in ordinary things (Gladys the chicken, in this case) is very sweet. Give this to the kid who has an obsession with Ancient Greece and Egypt to scratch the itch for an entertaining story set in a parody of those times. —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books