In a search for a book to read with my niece, I was attracted by the colourful amazing cover of the “Chook Named Chuck Has Amazing Luck” immediately, and it did not fail my expectations in the least! Words fail to express how much fun and delight we had while reading it! Moreover, I will definitely read other books by this author with my niece. The story of the book is simply addictive. Clara, a little calf, meets a funny blue-haired bird Chuck, who has a very special talent. For this reason, he was rejected by the farm society but ended up a hero, for his valuable help in saving the farm and all its inhabitants! I loved the main characters, they teach the little ones the importance of friendship and mutual aid. The most astonishing thing about the book is that author made it in the form of verses. Kids are so fond of rhyming, as well as sound imitations. That helps them to get acquainted with the language structure and word building. Visuals have always been the key point of children’s perception too. I have to admit, that bright, full of juicy colours, funny pictures make this book a real treasure for parents and kids! In addition, all of these aspects together raise motivation to learn how to read, so the book is targeting not only preschool children, but those who are learning how to read at school as well. Fun, delight and pure excitement-these are just a few feelings we experienced during our family read! I highly recommend this book to everyone!
This book is about a chook that struggles in his own environment with his family and friends because he is so different. Chuck has a very unique talent, but is not accepted as he is not like the other chooks. He is very sad and unhappy, until he meets up with Klara and she gives him the strength and shows Chuck that we are all different and special. And that it is important to believe in ourselves. Chuck realizes that he can help out with Klara’s farming community. He does a brave deed and gets a special award from the Mayor of the town. He is finally loved and accepted by Klara’s special friends and family. Now, it’s normal for Kimberley’s books to show an array of emotions. I found that especially prominent in Chuck’s book, and I think it helps children connect with the characters. During the story, we see multiple occasions where Chuck is sad because he's worried that the other animals are upset about him mimicking sounds. We also see Chuck excited, upset, surprised, happy, and so forth. It’s great when books add this (emotional) dimension to their characters, and this book does it in spades.
I love how this book is very graphic, with the use of images and illustrations. This makes it very easy for a child to have their attention captured as well as have them interested in reading the book. The images of the cow and the chicken have been exaggerated as they seem to have makeup on. The author has used very minimal words, a sentence or two. This is fantastic as it is simple for a child to follow through. The fusion of a few sentences and a load of graphic images are very powerful for a child. Well, the great part is that as I was reading this book with my kid, I enjoyed it too. For the last couple of weeks, my son has been sketching of the cow and chicken. I greatly recommend that this book be on the shelves at kindergartens as well as day cares. Thumbs up to the author!
Chook Named Chuck Has Amazing Luck reminds me of the books my parents read to me when I was younger. The rhyming and colorful pages. I read it to my son and he seemed to enjoy it very much. He laughed every time I said Alook! I would definitely recommend it to anyone with a child. Easy, quick read...yet entertaining and fun. I spoke in a funny voice as if I was the characters to make my son smile. Chuck seemed like a pretty cool chook