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May 10 2016

Chook Doolan: the newest pet by James Roy

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Walker Books, 2016. ISBN 9781922244949
(Age: 5+) Highly recommended. Pets. Friendship. Problem solving. Chook Doolan's real name is Simon, but he is called Chook, because he is not very brave. When the teacher tells the class that it is Pet Day at school, Chook is happy because he has Bruce the goldfish to bring along, but his friend Joe doesn't have a pet. Together they come up with all sorts of ideas to get him one, but none of them work. When Ricky finds a solution to the problem will Chook be brave enough to take that pet to school?
The second in the Chook Doolan series, following Rules are rules, this is a wonderful book that will engage newly emergent readers with its funny text and relatable characters. Everybody is fearful at times, but Chook acknowledges that fear and tries to overcome it. He is also a very caring friend, knowing that it is very important that Joe is not left out on Pet Day. The friends generate lots of ideas to try and provide Joe with a pet, and there is much humour around the final solution.
The black and white illustrations are very appealing and the portrayal of all the animals that the children bring to school is delightful. Big, clear print, short chapters and an engaging plot is sure to make this series a winner for children who are just beginning to become independent readers.
Pat Pledger

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