- Book Style: Toddler rooster story book (and cow)
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Vibrant, pretty, cute
- Age Target: 2-8 Years of Age
- Author: Kimberley Kleczka
- Author’s Page: Amazon, Koolamundo
- Book Purchase Page: Amazon
- Social Media Links: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
Before we get started with our review, it’s important to tell you that there is a free eBook giveaway! Kimberley Kleczka has put her book up for free on Kindle from July 7-11, 2017. Head over to Amazon and get it free on Kindle now!
Chuck Named Chook Has Amazing Luck is a toddler rooster book by one of our favorite authors, Kimberley Kleczka. At the beginning of the story, we meet Chuck (a rooster, obviously). Chuck in turn meets up with our old cow friend, Klara; Klara is immediately surprised by the fact that Chuck moos when she moos. This is because Chuck mimics what he hears. As they travel around the farm together, he mimics all kinds of animals and sounds. This worries Chuck because he thinks he’s different. In the end, it’s the fact that he’s different and can mimic so well that saves the farm from a fire.
Kimberley’s books are always cute, sweet, and full of fun and comedy. Her stories have an air of silliness to them, and it makes them uplifting and a joy to read with your child. Chuck the Chook is this and more.
See, the characters in this book are silly and fun, but they also show some different emotions. We see Chuck worried, sad, upset, happy, and even ecstatic. We see Klara amazed, happy, surprised, and more. All in all, we see over ten identifiable emotions throughout the book. I love that the story teaches kids all about these many emotions and doesn’t simply focus on the “easy” ones.
As this book is part of what our author has coined as ‘Koolamundo’, the story and the characters follow that idea. What Kimberley means by Koolamundo is that it’s a “Kool World”. With that concept in mind, her goal is to expose your little one to different places, ways to live, and experiences. This book fits in perfectly with this, as it exposes us not only to a large number of emotions, but it also exposes us to farm life. I absolutely love this author’s outlook on life, and I love that each book builds on the last.
Apoorva Dingar is the illustrator for Chuck Named Chook. She works alongside our author on every one of the Koolamundo books. You can see an example of her work by looking at the picture below. The things that pop out to me are:
- The sharpness of everything on the page
- The emotions/facial expressions of the characters
- The detail in the water, grass, and on Chuck (brown)
If you ask me, the illustrations are incredible for those reasons and more.
Another reason we love reviewing books by this author is because she gives away so much for free. On her Koolamundo website, Kimberley always has a ton of extras like games, videos, books, and more! With Chuck the Chook, she’s also partnered with us to create this great read through video of the book! We’re really proud of this one and it’s a great preview for you before you head over to Amazon and purchase the book!
Chuck Named Chook is the latest in a great run stories and characters in the Koolamundo series by Kimberley Kleczka. The book is full of great lessons that any parent is going to be happy giving to their toddler. On top of all this, Kimberley is giving away the book on Kindle from July 7th to July 11th, and then the book is only $9.87 USD thereafter. That’s a very inexpensive addition to your child’s library, especially when we’re talking about such a great book.
Thanks for reading…with your toddlers,