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  • Published: 19 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241346211
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $7.99

Charlie Changes Into a Chicken




The first in a sidesplitting new series about a boy who keeps changing into animals. Perfect for fans of David Walliams and Kid Normal.

Charlie McGuffin has an incredible secret...

He can change into animals. All sorts of animals, in fact: a flea, a pigeon, even a rhino.

Trouble is, it only happens when he gets worried, and right now, Charlie has quite a lot to worry about:

His brother (who's in hospital)
His parents (who are panicking)
And the school bully (who has Charlie in his sights)

With the help of his three best friends, Charlie needs to find a way to deal with his crazy new power - and fast.

  • Published: 19 February 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241346211
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $7.99

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Praise for Charlie Changes Into a Chicken

Cleverly daft storytelling at its very, very best

Maz Evans, author of Who Let The Gods Out?

Hysterically funny!

Jeremy Strong, author of My Brother's Famous Bottom

Full of heart and humour, wit and wisdom, and rivers of rhino poo

Sophie Anderson, author of The House With Chicken Legs

Wonderfully heart-warming and absolutely hilarious

Cat Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island

Laugh out loud funny, with an important underlying message on how to cope with anxiety

Abie Longstaff, author of How To Catch a Witch

Fresh and funny - this reads like a modern-day Dahl

Christopher Edge, author of The Many Worlds of Albie Bright

In the words of Jean-Claude the pigeon, I am in love with this most delicious, beautiful and delectable book and I wish to fly away with it!

Laura Ellen Anderson, author of Amelia Fang and Witch Wars

Brilliant, laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely moving

M.G. Leonard, author of Beetle Boy

So good you'll CLUCK with laughter!

Pamela Butchart, author of Baby Aliens Got My Teacher

I laughed out loud at the part about yin and yang and win and wang. Oh, and the rhino poo - giant poo will never not be funny.

Lara Williamson, author of A Boy Called Hope and The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean

The best kind of silly

Observer

One of the most hyped children's debut of the decade.. Here is the modern masterpiece: a book that is full of laughs, while also exploring childhood anxiety.. This is a touching and engaging story. This savvy, comic tale ticks every box.

The Daily Telegraph

This really is one of the funniest, freshest debuts I've read in a long time. Delightfully silly and utterly heartfelt.. Comedy is hard to do right, but Copeland's enviable timing and knack for properly laugh-out-loud jokes set this apart. Charlie's experiences in animal form are comedy gold... it is just genius. A real delight and deserves to be huge.

The Bookseller

An adventure of fantastical proportions.. a comic novel which fans of Kid Normal will flock to

The Irish Times

This is a book that isn't what you expect, cleverly portraying ways of dealing with stress and anxiety..This is a brilliant and positive debut from Sam Copeland

Booktrust

Very funny indeed.

Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike Series

Charlie Changes Into a Chicken is a gloriously fun, madcap adventure with a celebration of friendship at its heart.

Anna James, author of Pages & Co: Tilly and the Book Wanderers

A clever and hilarious story with a hero you'll love... I'm already looking forward to the next one

Parents In Touch

A brilliant debut . . . laugh-out-loud funny

The Mail on Sunday

Gloriously silly, gleefully naughty and totally entertaining

Michelle Harrison, author of A Pinch of Magic

For readers of about seven-plus, Sam Copeland's debut Charlie Changes Into a Chicken (Puffin) is a stand-out star, offering belly-busting hilarity and a loving, light touch take on childhood anxiety . . . A supportive cast of friends (fiendishly clever Flora in particular), subtly planted strategies for coping with worry, and some joyfully silly metanarrative tricks (including a publisher's letter of apology) place Charlie head and shoulders above the competition; Sarah Horne's wild-haired, twitch-eyed illustrations add another layer to the fun.

The Guardian

An essential talent, full of the best of Roald Dahl and David Walliams

Elle (France)

Fantastically ridiculous and silly in equal measures . . . will have readers snorting with giggles

The Northern Echo

"One of the most hyped children's debut of the decade.. Here is the modern masterpiece: a book that is full of laughs, while also exploring childhood anxiety.. This is a touching and engaging story. This savvy, comic tale ticks every box."

The Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year

"A stand-out star, offering belly-busting hilarity.. Head and shoulders above the competition."

The Guardian, Children's Books of the Month

"A brilliant debut... a book that is not only laugh-out-loud funny but offers important advice about coping with anxiety."

The Mail on Sunday, Children's Books of the Month

"The best kind of silly."

The Observer, Children's Books of the Month

"An essential talent, full of the best of Roald Dahl"

Elle

"This is one of the best children's tales we've come across in years... hilariously funny but with proper heart.. providing laughter on every page, it's a sure-fire debut hit."

Waterstones, Book of the Month

"This really is one of the funniest, freshest debuts I've read in a long time. Delightfully silly and utterly heartfelt.. Comedy is hard to do right, but Copeland's enviable timing and knack for properly laugh-out-loud jokes set this apart. Charlie's experiences in animal form are comedy gold... it is just genius. A real delight and deserves to be huge."

The Bookseller, Books of the Month

"An adventure of fantastical proportions.. a comic novel which fans of Kid Normal will flock to"

The Irish Times

"A great example of a kids' book with lots of humour."

The Sun

"Sam Copeland's debut is brilliant, laugh-out-loud funny and genuinely moving. However, Charlie Changes into a Chicken is not just a joyous read, through its relentlessly hilarious narrative it ingeniously communicates an important message for children who struggle with anxiety or are confronted by difficulties in their life. A great debut is one that you feel must have always existed, and this is one of those books. Every school library needs to have multiple copies and may I recommend it to every single parent out there."

MG Leonard, author of Beetle Boy

"Fresh and funny - this reads like a modern-day Dahl."

Christopher Edge, author of The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day

"This is a book that isn't what you expect, cleverly portraying ways of dealing with stress and anxiety..This is a brilliant and positive debut from Sam Copeland"

Booktrust

"This is a glorious debut from an exciting new voice in children's comedy fiction. Sam Copeland WILL turn into a megastar on the strength of this first outing. Cleverly daft storytelling at its very, very best."

Maz Evans, author of Who Let The Gods Out

'Very funny indeed.'

Robin Stevens, author of A Murder Most Unladylike series

"Wonderfully heart-warming and absolutely hilarious."

Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper's Island

So good you'll CLUCK with laughter

Pamela Butchart

"Gloriously silly, gleefully naughty, totally entertaining. So good, in fact, that I HAD to finish it once my son was asleep!"

Michelle Harrison, author of A Pinch of Magic

"Charlie Changes Into a Chicken is a gloriously fun, madcap adventure with a celebration of friendship at its heart."

Anna James, author of Pages & Co: Tilly and the Book Wanderers

"Hysterically funny!"

Jeremy Strong

Full of heart and humour, wit and wisdom, and rivers of rhino poo

Sophie Anderson, author of The House With Chicken Legs

"A heart-warming story that has led to comparisons with such celebrated authors as David Walliams and David Solomons. But this is no ordinary children's story. ... (it) doesn't just entertain his readers but can actually help them to deal with their anxieties."

The Irish Examiner

"In the words of Jean-Claude the pigeon... I am in love with this most delicious, beautiful and delectable book and I wish to fly away with it!"

Laura Ellen Anderson, author of the Amelia Fang series

"A clever and hilarious story with a hero you'll love... I'm already looking forward to the next one"

Parents In Touch

"Laugh-out-loud funny, with an important underlying message on how to cope with anxiety."

Abie Longstaff

"A side-splitting debut... fantastically ridiculous... will have readers snorting with giggles."

Press Association

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Meet the characters: Charlie Changes into a Chicken

Charlie Changes into a Chicken is the first book in a side-splitting new series by Sam Copeland and illustrated by Sarah Horne, it's about 9-year-old Charlie McGuffin who has an incredible secret, this book is sure to have you squawking with laughter!​

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