Chicken Doesn’t Want to Be Chicken by Elsa Takaoka. Illustrated by Catherine Toennisson. Book Review.

The cover of this book shows the chicken with a bone in his beak which certainly arouses interest and a little unease.

This picture book has few words on each page. It is a “learn to read book”. Takaoka does an admirable job of telling a lively, funny story with simple words.

The story begins, “This is chicken. Chicken does not want to…” It goes on to list all the things that chickens do (hens, actually) such as cluck, peck, and lay an egg. This chicken wants to be a dog. It wants to fetch, bark, and chase. When the chicken begins to emulate a dog’s behavior, it tries to chase a cat. The cat, of course, will not be chased by chicken and turns around, becoming the aggressor instead.

The chicken eventually realizes that she needs to be herself which is a good message.

This is a funny and engaging book with cute illustrations. A nice departure from the often boring I can read.

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Bonnie Ferrante: Books For All Ages

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