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Chickadee : criminal mastermind

Silvie, Monica (author.). Ellis, Elina, (illustrator.).

Summary: "Watch out on your next walk through the forest, because you just might encounter a real rapscallion in the form of a tiny bird! In this hilarious tale, Chickadee recounts how he went from a normal bird 'childhood' to a daring life of crime. One cold, snowy morning, shivering and hungry, he discovers a vault of gold -- and steals from it! His natural colouring resembling a mask helps him blend in as he makes his rounds of the forest. It's an exciting life, with hawks to fend off and treasure to hide all over the forest... but is it as glamorous as it appears? It can get pretty lonely being a fearsome marauder, and it might be nice to have a friend. When Chickadee is spotted one day, he learns that stealing gold may be fun, but making friends is easier than he thinks."--

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  • ISBN: 1525303384 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9781525303388 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 36 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto, ON : Kids Can Press, [2022]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: Stealing Fiction
Birdseed Fiction
Bird feeders Fiction
Birds Fiction
Chickadees Fiction
Black-capped chickadee Fiction

Available copies

  • 1 of 3 copies available at Kenton County.


  • 0 current holds with 3 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Covington Branch E SILVI M (Text) 33126023118932 JBluegrass Checked out 06/15/2023
Erlanger Branch E SILVI M (Text) 33126023118957 J New Fiction Checked out 06/24/2023
Wm. E. Durr Branch E SILVI M (Text) 33126023118940 J New Fiction Available -

  • Baker & Taylor
    Believing himself to be the King of Thieves when his quest for food leads him to a “vault” near a house, Chickadee makes a discovery, and a friend, proving he might not be an all-around bad seed after all. Illustrations.
  • Grand Central Pub
    A cheeky chickadee discovers he's not quite who he thinks he is.Meet Chickadee. Criminal. Rapscallion. All-around bad seed. Sure, he started out obeying the rules, following his parents' advice to not go near houses. But then, winter arrives. And it's so much harder to find food! So when he spies a “vault” of “gold” near a house, Chickadee devises a plan to snatch some without getting caught! He's the King of Thieves! Only, hmm, the humans seem to want him to visit the vault. Maybe Chickadee's not a criminal after all?Kids will fall in love with this endearing masked “bandit,” as he slowly figures out what they knew about him all along!
  • Grand Central Pub

    A flying masked bandit (code name: Chickadee) discovers he isn’t quite who he thinks he is in this fresh and delightful tale about discovering one’s true nature.

    Meet Chickadee. Criminal. Rapscallion. All-around bad seed. Sure, he started out obeying the rules, following his parents’ advice about finding things to eat and staying away from houses. But then . . . winter arrives. And it’s so much harder to find food in winter! So when Chickadee spies a “vault” full of “gold” near a house by the park (Wait, wasn’t there something to remember about houses?), he cleverly devises a plan to snatch the “vault full of treasure” without getting caught! He is the King of Thieves! Only, hmm, the humans near the vault seem to want him to visit. Maybe Chickadee’s not a criminal after all?

    Monica Silvie’s fun first-person storytelling will have readers falling in love with this cheeky and enormously appealing bird and his endearingly misinformed self-perception. Chickadee’s growing understanding that he’s not actually a criminal, and that what he really wants is a friend, adds a lovely poignancy to the humor. Elina Ellis’s charming, hilarious illustrations bring the adorable Chickadee to life; the way he looks directly at readers with wide-eyed sincerity while he speaks to them is particularly effective. A spread at the back contains facts about black-capped chickadees — illustrated with comments from Chickadee himself — along with further reading and sources, making this both a terrific picture book read-aloud and a great supplement to life science lessons on characteristics and habitats of animals. With such a seamless blend of entertainment and information, learning has never been so much fun!

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