Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Chicken of the Sea

From the playful mind of Viet’s then 5-year old son Ellison came the story for Chicken of the Sea, about chickens who become pirates. Viet elaborated on Ellison’s idea, while Thi Bui and her 13-year old son Hien illustrated this fowl epic.

“Chicken of the Sea”: A Multigenerational Collaboration

Melat Ermyas covers the reading of Chicken of the Sea at Elliot Bay Book Company and how Viet Thanh Nguyen talks to his son about being Vietnamese for The Spectator. Elliot Bay Book Company hosted a reading last Saturday for “Chicken of the Sea,” a children’s book about chickens, pirates and courage. The adventure of […]

‘Chicken Of The Sea’ Is So Wacky — Of Course It Was Created By Kids

Samantha Balaban writes about an interview Viet Thanh Nguyen, Ellison Nguyen, and illustrators, Thi Bui and Hien Bui-Stafford had with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about the creation of Chicken of The Sea for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sundays. When Ellison Nguyen was 4 years old he got the chance to meet Thi Bui, the illustrator of one of […]

Chicken? Viet Thanh Nguyen and Thi Bui’s New Multigenerational Collaboration

Elizabeth Bird for School Library Journal delves into the making of Chicken of the Sea, why sometimes it’s best to encourage creativity in your children, and what’s next for these multigenerational collaborators. I don’t know how many of you out there keep tabs on the world of adult literature. For those of you in the […]


A band of intrepid chickens leave behind the boredom of farm life, joining the crew of the pirate ship Pitiless to seek fortune and glory on the high seas. Led by a grizzled captain into the territory of the Dog Knights, they soon learn what it means to be courageous, merciful, and not seasick quite so much of the […]