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Friday 26 January 2024

Review: Chico the Schnauzer

Chico the Schnauzer is a happy frolic of a book. Written by Taryn Brumfitt, 2023 Australian of the Year, it highlights a positive body image message.

The story follows Chico as he escapes through a gate that's left open and goes on an adventure.

Chico meets and greets a bunch of other dogs including Banjo the Border Collie and Ginger the Golden Retriever.  

As he plays games with each of his new canine friends, Chico is wowed by their special skills.

Gary the Greyhound is fast! Much faster than Chico, but Chico can leap in the air and catch a frisbee. 

Penelope the Poodle might be able to walk on her two back feet, but Chico can sing.

As Chico travels the neighbourhood, he discovers all the dogs have something they can do to show off. He also learns that although he can't always do what the other dogs can do, he has special talents of his own.

Taryn Brumfitt and her global Body Image Movement have a mission to help people embrace their bodies and celebrate all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and abilities. Using the familiarity of a cast of lovable dogs is a great way to introduce this concept to young children. 

Levi George has provided the illustrations in his picture book debut, with images that capture the active and individual personalities that can be found in each dog you meet. They're colourful and friendly, and just like real dogs, their eyes communicate a lot.

Chico the Schnauzer is a book perfect to share at home or at school, a reminder that everyone is unique and special, just the way they are.

Title: Chico the Schnauzer
Author: Taryn Brumfitt
Illustrator: Levi George
Publisher: Puffin, $ 19.99
Publication Date: January 2024
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781761343988
For ages: 4+
Type: Picture Book