Book Review: Gwen the Rescue Hen by Leslie Crawford and Sonja Stangl

Book Review: Gwen the Rescue Hen by Leslie Crawford and Sonja Stangl

Gwen the Rescue Hen
Leslie Crawford
Sonja Stangl
Stone Pier Press

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What the Book is About

Gwen the Rescue Hen is about a chicken that gets lost after a tornado sweeps her and her friends away. A little boy named Mateo rescues Gwen and her friends and gives them a new home.

First Impressions

The art was absolutely the first thing I noticed. I loved the art style and the chickens peeking on the pages were a riot. The writing was immediately captivating and left me wanting to find out what happened to Gwen.

What I Liked

I loved Gwen. She is such a fun character. My favorite scene is a scene where a dog chases the chickens. The art for that scene is so fun and whimsical. I also really liked the inclusion of chicken facts at the end of the book.

What I Didn’t Like

Mateo offers Gwen a cookie to see if he can encourage her to come to him. I feel like this is irresponsible given that children often imitate what they see and read in books. I would have felt better if the facts at the end of the book explained what chickens eat, but unfortunately they didn’t use the opportunity to do that. So as far as any kid reading this book knows… chickens might eat cookies.

Final Thoughts

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. The facts at the end were reviewed by experts, which is great as an instructional tool to children. I would highly recommend this book for it’s whimsy and beautiful art.


I was provided a copy of this book through the website Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Special thanks to Stone Pier Press and author Leslie Crawford and Illustrator Sonja Stangl for making this book available for review.

Finley Jane Farmer is a non-binary mother of 2. When they’re not homeschooling their son (with Autism) or running after their preschool daughter, they are busy knitting, reading, and drinking a good cup of coffee. Finley wants to share their joy of reading with the world by reviewing books whether old or available for pre-order. They hope that they can share the best parts of the magical worlds contained within the books, providing you with an endless list of adventures to sate your reading appetite.

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