The Hoboken Chicken Emergency

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The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency (book cover).jpg
Author Daniel and Jill Pinkwater
Genre Children's literature
Publication date
ISBN 0133925145

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency is a 1977 children's book by Daniel and Jill Pinkwater.[1] The book may have been inspired by the Jersey Giant breed of chicken.[citation needed]

Plot summary[edit]

The main character, Arthur, is asked to pick up a bird for Thanksgiving dinner, so he brings home a 266-pound chicken named Henrietta. The family welcomes her with open arms, but the neighbors are not so sure. Everyone in town is horrified after Henrietta escapes.

In other media[edit]

'The Hoboken Chicken Emergency was adapted into a television movie in 1984.[2] It was adapted into a play by Chad Henry in 1988.[3]


  1. ^ Alexander, Sue (March 27, 1977). "The Hoboken Chicken Emergency". The New York Times. 
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  3. ^ "The Hoboken Chicken Emergency," Plays for Young Audiences website. Accessed May 1, 2016.