Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens by Alex McCall

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Winner of the Scottish Book Awards 2015 8-11 age category The city of Aberdeen is being terrorised by giant robot chickens who want to peck out every last sign of human resistance. The streets are empty, the adults have vanished - and those left behind are fighting for survival. Jesse and his friends are desperate to save their families and stop the feathered fiends. They hatch a master plan ...but can a gang of kids really defeat an army of angry robot chickens?


Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens by Alex McCall

A hilarious, weird and wonderful adventure from a cracking new author. Why did the chicken cross the road? TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!!!


Ticks lots of the boxes smart pre-teens look for in a satisfying read; a slump-free fast-moving plot; funny, stupid jokes (including a record number of egg-based puns); heroic globe-saving kids; a total absence of adults (they've disappeared), and some giant robot chickens. It's adorably daft, but it also has believable, sympathetic characters and a big heart. And it's fun to read aloud to an appreciative, perpetually speculating audience.' The Big Issue, Kids Books of the Year 2014

'Fans of action will enjoy the fast-paced skirmishes and fully-realized setting, while fans of comedy will appreciate the satirical elements, corny chicken jokes, and even cornier chicken puns. Despite the silliness of the premise, McCall treats his characters with surprising frankness: Jesse and Rayna cope with being displaced in Aberdeen, a city neither are from, and worry about their missing siblings, who have disappeared during the invasion. With humor, action, and layered characters, this title will be a hit with readers looking for a solid-albeit goofy-science-fiction story.' School Library Journal

'Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens is simply the most enjoyable children's book I have read this year so far... I cannot recommend this book highly enough - and of course, it appeals equally to boys and girls.' School Librarian Journal

'The story is full of timely action but not everything goes eggs-actly to plan. The plot is very engaging for both younger and older audiences. In my opinion, this is very well written for a debut published book. It's zany, fun and full of many laugh-out-loud moments to keep you on your claws. This is one of the best chick flick books that I've read. At least this is what I would describe as a chick flick read to be enjoyed. It is cool, easy to read and will transport you to a world of pure fantasy.' Mr Ripley 's Enchanted Books

'A great twist on an end of the world apocalypse story! ... This story should appeal to both sexes. I would recommend Robot Chickens for both Year 5 and 6. This would also be a good class read because it is exciting and would be a good text to use for the discussion of survival.' Armadillo Magazine

'McCall's debut won publication with the Kelpies Prize, which seeks new Scottish fiction for young readers. The totally foolish premise is made believable through strong writing and realistic characters. The swift pace and at-times goofy action sequences will charm readers who like their action with a few laughs. Kids saving themselves from the egg-pocalypse: priceless.' Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Alex McCall grew up in Aberdeen and is currently studying Filmmaking and Screenwriting at the University of the West of Scotland. He has been published in several poetry and short story anthologies, and he is the winner of the Kelpies Prize 2013. Attack of the Giant Robot Chickens is his first children's book.

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208 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books

Publication date

20th February 2014




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Kelpies an imprint of Floris Books is an imprint of Kelpies


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