More people than a chicken can count have been clamoring for a really good chicken novel. It’s likely you’ve heard someone wondering aloud in a dejected sort of way, “Will I ever find a good old-fashioned, feel-good novel about a chicken?” Well, the waiting is over!

These novels contain the same story, just with different titles and different covers. The text is the same with only a few differences in the preface, introduction, and epilogue which reference illustrations. Pick the one that suits you best! (And save the author the difficult decision of choosing just one audience and genre!)

You might want to think of “The Bottle Cap Lady” as children’s fiction pretending to be adult fiction. It is the unillustrated version of the story and placed in Adult Literature. In the same way, you might want to consider “How To Explain Christmas To Chickens” as adult fiction disguised as children’s fiction. It is the illustrated version and placed in Children’s Literature.

Both books tell what happened one Christmas when the world of The Bottle Cap Lady intersected the world of a little white hen named Pearl who has always had a “heaping helping” of curiosity.

The Bottle Cap Lady has served up more Deluxe Chicken Dinners than anyone else at The Chicken Place restaurant. Pearl does not want to become a Deluxe Chicken Dinner, but she hopes The Bottle Cap Lady can explain Christmas to her. Even though The Bottle Cap Lady is strange and often dangerously unpredictable, she has more Christmas lights and decorations than anyone, so surely she must know more about Christmas than anyone. Right?

There is a Christmas gift that only Pearl can give to The Bottle Cap Lady, but will she dare…even if it means giving up her own Christmas wish…and perhaps even her life?

Amazon eBooks

“The Bottle Cap Lady” is now available as an eBook novel for $2.99 through Amazon! Go there for “The Bottle Cap Lady” eBook!

“How To Explain Christmas To Chickens” is now available as an eBook novel with 10 full-color illustrations for $2.99 through Amazon! Go there for “How To Explain Christmas To Chickens” eBook!

Barnes & Noble eBooks

“The Bottle Cap Lady” is now available as an eBook novel for $2.99 through Barnes & Noble! Go there for “The Bottle Cap Lady” eBook!

“How To Explain Christmas To Chickens” is now available as an eBook novel with 10 full-color illustrations for $2.99 through Barnes & Noble! Go there for “How To Explain Christmas To Chickens” eBook!

Special Note: Both novels will be available as paperbacks once the printed proofs have been reviewed and approved!

Super Special Note: With the current global health and economic crisis, even just a few dollars could be a huge amount for some of our readers. We will be releasing a FREE limited-time-only read-on-line version of “How To Explain Christmas To Chickens” (the version with illustrations) soon!

23 thoughts on “Now Available: The Most Long-Anticipated Pair Of Chicken Novels Of The Century! Perhaps Of All Time!

    1. Thanks, Ruth. That’s my preference too! It took most of this weekend getting the paperback covers done. Lots of measurements! And I hadn’t thought about having the cover illustrations wrap around to the back, so that added to the task. Overall, I like the covers very much. Now to see how they look when printed!

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    1. Thanks so much, Renee! The paperback versions should be available very soon. I’ve had to make adjustments to the illustrations so that they will not print as darkly. They look fine on a screen for eBooks, but the black-and-white illustrations for paperback print too darkly and that makes it hard to see a lot of the details. I’ve made two adjusted versions so far, hopefully the third one will be just right! Thanks again! John

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    1. Well, to make a long story short, I had to pull back the eBooks because they were a much too scary in parts and not what my regular readers had come to expect. I worked for a few weeks on a huge revision. It’s available through this weekend at https://howtoexplainchristmastochickens.pressbooks.com and I would truly appreciate your feedback. It’s a much shorter book, only 8,000 words and with a 3rd grade reading level. Thanks!

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      1. Oh no! I missed the scarier version?! Man, I REALLY need to read faster. Though, I’ll check it out for sure. That said, my favorite books as a kid were always the kind that had darker elements. At least, they stayed with me longer. Though, yeh, I know it’s a different time. Some of the modern books I read to kids are just ridiculously safe.

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      2. I know, when I taught 4th grade, the kids loved it when I read the “Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark” series to them. Then they would all want to read the books from cover to cover.

        Even though the scariest parts were really only in a dream, it was all made more real by how The Bottle Cap Lady was characterized. She drank beer and smoked cigarettes, and well, you know someone like that would be capable of anything. (Just kidding!)

        I am thinking about saving those parts for a separate book titled something like “Scary Stories Chickens Tell Each Other.” (In the dream sequence, Pearl imagined what it would be like to be turned into a Deluxe Chicken Dinner which is probably just about the scariest thing a chicken can imagine!)

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