Entertaining but not particularly noteworthy.
By Tom Angleberger ‧ RELEASE DATE: Sept. 12, 2023
In Two-Headed Chicken (2022), the title character is back and as wild as ever. The universe has been flipped upside down, the beginning of the book is the end, and one of the chickens has become a genius and invented a time-traveling device called the Timecap. The Astrocap, which allowed the chickens to explore different universes, has been lost in the infinite possibilities of the chronoverse. The chicken must try to travel through the past without destroying the multiverse or the chronoverse.
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The story is complex, but it lacks the depth to make sense of it. This sequel has a more sensible plot than the first book, and its references are more advanced. Old characters appear, and enough background is given to make it a standalone book. The funny and entertaining antics are complemented by the dynamic art. Interactive pages add an extra layer of engagement, though they can seem like a desperate attempt to get people excited.
Pub Date: Sept. 12, 2023
Page Count: 208
Publisher: Walker US/Candlewick
Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023