WAITING FOR CHICKEN SMITH, by David Mackintosh, Candlewick Press


A story about childhood friendships, anticipation, and the magic moments that arise while you’re waiting for something else to happen.

Every year a young boy stays in the same cabin at the beach with his family. And every year his friend Chicken Smith stays in the next cabin over. But this year, something’s different: Chicken Smith hasn’t shown up yet. The boy’s little sister, MaryAnn, keeps trying to get his attention, but he’s too busy remembering all of his adventures with Chicken Smith — and thinking about everything they’re going to do this summer. Is Chicken ever going to show up? And just what has MaryAnn been yelling about? David Mackintosh’s ode to small summer wonders will make readers of all ages open their eyes to the quick, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moments happening all around them.

32 Pages

Out May 14, 2019


I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Sometimes, things change and children have trouble adjusting to the changes. In this story a little boy waits and waits for a summer friend that he’s always chummed around with during his summer vacation. This summer, the friend doesn’t show.

What the book tells its reader is that change can be good and sometimes those things that make us feel comfortable and happy might not always remain the same. Sometimes these changes can’t be helped. It’s always good to open up to new things so that you are not always disappointed in life and accept change for  what it is, a chance to try something new.

Told from the perspective of a little boy, who suddenly realizes that hanging out with his sister can be just as exciting as hanging out with his friend, Chicken Smith. Although reluctant to accept his friend’s absence at first, he eventually learns to let go and try something new.

The is such an engaging and heart-felt story with a positive ending.

I love the style of illustrating used in this book. It’s fresh and charming. The author and illustrator are one in the same, a very talented individual who has other books to his credit such as “Marshall  Armstrong  Is New to Our School” which was short-listed for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal. I will look for more of his books in the future now that he’s teamed up with Candlewick, and will be adding this one to my own personal collection.

Well done!

I wish I could give it more!


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