- Book Style: Kids Story Book
- 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: Powerful and colorful
- 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
Guess what? There’s a free eBook giveaway for Kimberley’s book from July 7th until July 11th, 2017. Head over to Amazon and get it free on Kindle now!
Chuck Named Chook Has Amazing Luck is another great story from one of our favorite authors here at Kids Fun Channel. That’s Kimberley Kleczka, for those of you who don’t know her already. At the start of the story, we meet Chuck. Chuck is a chicken that meets one of our old friends, Klara the Cow. Klara is taken back by the fact that when she moos, Chuck moos as well. We quickly learn that Chuck mimics whatever he hears. He mimics all kinds of animals and sounds as he and Klara travel together around the farm. He’s worried that this makes him different, but in the end he uses his special talent to save the farms from a fire.
What I love about this story is simple. Children identify with the characters because they show emotion. We see multiple occasions where Chuck is sad because he’s worried that the other animals are upset about him mimicking sounds. We also get to see how happy Chuck is when his efforts save the farms and he receives an award from the Mayor. Beyond that, there are all kinds of other emotions being shown in the book, and I noticed that my little guy instantly identified with the characters because of it. In two separate occasions, he stopped our reading to tell me how a character felt.
Another reason I like the book is because it’s silly. There’s no two ways about this. The characters are fun, the story is a treat, and everything that happens has a silly twist to it. All of this combines to make the book an uplifting read for you and your child. It’s nice to read a book that’s so positive and leaves your child feeling great, and I think this is important for kids to retain what they learn.
Finally, I think it’s important to note that this is all a part of the Koolamundo world that Kimberley Kleczka has created. This world of hers is getting quite large and interesting, and the characters are starting to show up in each other’s stories. She’s built an incredible world that has the word ‘diversity’ at its core. It’s a wonderful idea, and I love how each book builds on the last (and yet can stand on its own).
Now, it’s hard to describe the illustrations done by our illustrator, Apoorva Dingar. She’s an incredible illustrator that works with Kimberley on each and every one of their books (see what I mean about the Koolamundo world?). The way she creates illustrations makes them both powerful, colorful, and a treat to look at. They’re so sharp and yet they stay perfectly suited for kids. I just don’t know how she does it, but she does.
Specific to this book are a number of what I’d call farm and/or nature based illustrations. Since we’re dealing largely with a chicken and a cow, most of the scenes are on a farm. They’re all really well done, and my child instantly wanted to ask me about the objects in the distance. He told me all about bales of hay, barns, windmills, and all kinds of other objects. I love that he’s getting engaged by what some might consider a small detail. It proves to me just how spectacular the illustrations are.
We’re so excited to tell you about a few items related to this book (and the Koolamundo world in general). First off, here’s the ultimate book preview for you. It’s a YouTube video we created along with Kimberley! It’s full of fun sound effects and animations, so we’re sure your little one will love it.
We always love Kimberley’s books, and this latest one might be her best yet. It’s cute, fun, and it contains some great lessons. The characters are great, and they build on what’s already a great set of characters in the Koolamundo world. What’s even better is Kimberley’s going to give 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.
Until next time, Smash, Crash, and Learn!