WOO HOO! I get a two-hour delay from school this morning! Before I get to today’s review, I have to tell you the winner of the signed copy of “Bad Kitty School Daze.” We put all the names in a hat and Josie picked the winner out.
Sue Morris of the awesome blog Kid Lit Reviews!
I will be emailing you to get your mailing address.
Now onto today’s review!
By Steve Berkowitz
Edited by Laurie Berkowitz
Illustrated by Bjorn Minde
31 pages – ages 10+
Published by Libboo on April 18, 2012
Chocrotes is a chicken. He lives in a far away world inhabited by only chickens. In his world questions are illegal, but the problem is Chocrotes likes to ask questions. In fact Chocrotes’ parents named him after a famous chicken philosopher who asked all sorts of questions. Chocrotes parents allow him to ask questions at home, but tell him not to ask questions anywhere else. The evil Rooster king, Doodle Doo, has anyone who asks a question arrested. Chocrotes may be a chicken, but he is no… umm… turkey? He asks a question in school and for it he is banished by King Doodle Doo to another land. After five long years, Chocrotes returns to try to overthrow King Doodle Doo.
I really like the message in this book – asking questions is good for everyone. It also has the message of standing up for yourself when you believe in something. I thought that it being set in a world of chickens was great. I think chickens are funny and I love the idea of a world of chickens. I am not fond of the artwork in the book. Chocrotes is a good main character and he helps to get the message of the book to the reader. I like the play on the name Socrates and the idea of a chicken philosopher. Because the story idea is really good, I was wanting more out of the book. I thought it was to short (only 31 pages) for the ages it is meant for (ages 10-13) and more details could be given. Even though I think the story needs to be added to, I am glad I read it and it is a story that makes me think.