Chocrotes and the World Without Question by Steve Berkowitz

11 Feb

badkittyschooldazeWOO 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.

Congratulations to…

Sue Morris of the awesome blog Kid Lit Reviews!

I will be emailing you to get your mailing address. πŸ˜€

Now onto today’s review!

chocrotesChocrotes and the World Without Question

By Steve Berkowitz

Edited by Laurie Berkowitz

Illustrated by Bjorn Minde

31 pages – ages 10+

Published by LibbooΒ  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. πŸ™‚Β  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.

Three out of five bookworms for “Chocrotes and the World Without Question.” threebooks

The ebook can be purchased at Amazon (click HERE) or Barnes and Noble (click HERE).

40 Responses to “Chocrotes and the World Without Question by Steve Berkowitz”

  1. Angela Brown February 11, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    LOL! Ref: Chocrotes may be a chicken, but he is no… umm… turkey?

    Sounds like a great book for the message it shares. Thanks for the review.

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  2. lionelsnod February 11, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Sounds like a fun book! I like the cover, thanks for sharing and for such an honest review. Enjoy your extra free time this morning.

    Paul R. Hewlett

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  3. Catherine Johnson February 11, 2013 at 8:53 am #

    Another clucktastic review and book, Erik!

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  4. Steve February 11, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Thank you for the honest review Erik!

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  5. jama February 11, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    This story does have a good premise (I like funny chickens too) — I can see why you would want it to be longer and more developed. Thanks for another honest review!

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  6. Robyn Campbell February 11, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I am writing a funny chicken book. I hope mine is fully developed and makes folks laugh their socks off! . Thanks Erik. Great reviews. (Thanks for being so honest)

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  7. Myra GB February 11, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Hmm.. interesting concept indeed. Socratic questioning is an art, and I’m glad that a book for children has even attempted to tackle such an important and valuable teaching tool. Interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book, Erik, and the things that didn’t quite work for you too. πŸ™‚

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  8. Joanna February 11, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Love the name and that the author is attempting some philosophy with this age group. It truly is a bit on the short side for middle grade, though, you are right.

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  9. Michelle Isenhoff February 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Chocrotes? Hilarious!
    Taylor and I ordered “Bad Kitty School Daze” from the library last week. Came in today. Can’t wait to start it together!

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  10. julie rowan zoch February 11, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    I KNOW the author created Doodle Doo based on my high school trigonometry teacher!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

      What’s “trigonometry”? Oops! I mean “I have never heard of trigonometry” *heh heh heh* πŸ˜‰

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  11. Patricia Tilton February 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Love the play on names. They look like a lot like chocbots. Sounds like a funny book. Is it a PB or Chapter Book with pictures? Sounds hilarious!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

      What are chocbots? The book was meant for kids 10-13 and there are only a few pictures in it so I would say chapter book. I think if it is meant for older kids it should have been a longer story.

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      • Patricia Tilton February 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

        I made it up, because I thoughtthe chickens loook like robots.

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      • thiskidreviewsbooks February 13, 2013 at 6:53 am #

        Oh. I see your point! Yeah, they have hands. Weird, right?

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  12. Darlene February 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Questions do need to be asked in order to learn. I nice lesson here I think. Thanks!

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  13. ontheplumtree February 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I sometimes don’t like being asked questions when it is to do with filling in forms! Otherwise, questions are keys that open to the world of mysteries!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 11, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

      You are so right! And I hope I get questions to answer about being an author for I got a fortune cookie in school reading “Your next interview will result a job” πŸ˜€

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  14. Genevieve Petrillo February 11, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Chicken. Mmmmm.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  15. Susanna Leonard Hill February 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    31 pages is short for that age group, but I love his name πŸ™‚

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  16. readingwithrhythm February 12, 2013 at 12:29 am #

    The story idea sounds like a good one. But a land of just chickens?! Scary nightmare!

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    • thiskidreviewsbooks February 13, 2013 at 6:51 am #

      What? You’re against Cupcake??? She thinks of it as a buffet for life! πŸ˜‰ But yeah, I get your point too. It’s kind of weird. And they’re RAW MEAT!!!! 😦

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  17. Stephanie@Fairday's Blog February 12, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

    Congrats to Sue!

    This book sounds great. I love the messages that you mentioned. Thanks for shariing.

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  18. Renee C. February 13, 2013 at 1:59 am #

    Congrats Sue! πŸ˜€ Great review Erik! I liked your play on words about the turkey! lol

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