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Tuesday 7 May 2024

Junior Review: Jerk Chicken Magic

Jerk Chicken Magic is a delightful journey into the life of a multi-generational immigrant family, the Higgins, from the point of view of charming 6-year-old Lizzy. 

Set against the backdrop of Jamaica's flavorful culinary tradition, this book takes readers on a savory adventure through the magic of jerk chicken.

Authored by Noel-Andrew and Roxanne Bennett, Jerk Chicken Magic is more than just a children's picture book—it's a celebration of resilience, adaptability, and the profound significance of preserving cultural heritage. 

As Lizzy learns about the history and preparation of jerk chicken from her mom, readers are treated to a vibrant mosaic of family bonds and the sweet magic of shared meals.

What sets this book apart is its ability to resonate deeply with readers from diverse backgrounds. Immigrant families, in particular, will find solace and validation in the Higgins' journey—a journey marked by challenges, triumphs, and the enduring spirit of cultural pride. 

Through vibrant illustrations and a heartfelt narrative, Jerk Chicken Magic not only entertains but also educates, offering young readers a window into the beauty of Jamaican culture.

It’s a great book to acquaint young kids to the richness of Caribbean culture or simply a heartwarming diverse story to add to family's library. Join Lizzy and the Higgins family on a culinary adventure like no other, and discover the true magic of love, family, and tradition in Jerk Chicken Magic

Title: Jerk Chicken Magic
Author: Noel-Andrew and Roxanne Bennett
Publisher: Coconut Milk
Publication Date: January 2024, $25.75
Format: (also available as a paperback and hardcover)
ISBN: 9781738242917
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

Come back and enjoy our junior reviewer, Nia Shetty's interview with the creators of Jerk Chicken Magic in an exclusive interview on the 15 May.