Waiting for Chicken Smith by David Mackintosh is wonderful. Summer friendship is a very special thing and the young boy who waits for Chicken Smith to appear revels in his memories of all their special times together over the years. His pesky sister keeps yelling at him to come over but he doesn't listen. The reader can see what is ahead before the boy, but the magic of the beach and a special visitor create a sweet ending. The illustrations are original and beautiful.