Waiting for Chicken Smith by David Mackintosh is a fun read as we head in to the summer season. The narrator tells the story of returning to the same cabin on the beach each year with his family and waiting for his friend Chicken Smith. As the narrator waits, we learn about his relationship with Chicken Smith; where they go at the beach and what they do together. As a reader, I kept wondering where is Chicken Smith and expecting him to turn up as I turned the pages. This year seems different and the narrator can't find Chicken Smith. It appears his house isn't opened for the season. While it's a bit sad to learn Chicken Smith's house isn't opened the narrator forms a new friendship that isn't expected and probably wouldn't have formed if Chicken Smith was there. I see this new friendship as one of necessity and warmed my heart.
Thank you Candlewick Press for this advance reader copy to share with others and my students.