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Saturday 16 March 2019

Review: The Book Chook

OK, I'm just going to come right out and say it: The Book Chook is not recommended reading for bedtime.

Tried it in our house and bedtime turned into an hour of laughing, yellling, flapping around the room, and cries of, 'again, again'. The good news is, this cracking story is sure to appeal to adults as much as kids.

Ray gets himself into a real flap when he learns he is not a real chicken, merely a drawing of a chicken. He soon hatches a plan (well, several plans really) to get out of the book, enlisting the help of the book's readers along the way. When his attempts fail, his plucky friend, Janine, is there to help.

This rollicking, rhyming book, with vibrant and playful illustrations, is so much fun to read out loud. The clever concept, endearing characters and lively language marks debut author Amelia McInerney as a hilarious new talent to be watched. And, despite all the fun and silliness, there's a lovely underlying message of learning to love who you are and your place in life, which makes it a gorgeous story for any time of day.

Title: The Book Chook
Author: Amelia McInerney
Illustrator: Connah Brecon
Publisher: Omnibus Books, $24.99
Publication Date: 1 March 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781742994987
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book