Chook Doolan: the Newest Pet by James Roy, illustrated by Lucinda Gifford (Walker Books)
PB RRP $7.99
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis
A new illustrated chapter book series for the 5+ year age group introduces the lovable character, Simon ‘Chook’ Doolan. He has been named Chook, because he’s chicken (as in not very brave). Chook has two pets: Flexy-Lexi the cat, and Bruce a goldfish he inherited when his cousin moved overseas.
It’s ‘bring a pet to school’ day. Chook’s mate Joe doesn’t have a pet, so Chook tries to find him one for the day. This is a big step for the not very brave Chook, even if it isn’t successful.
When Chook takes Bruce to school with the idea of sharing him with Joe, to their delight, there is an amazing development.
This is the first of the series written by the award-winning James Roy. Talented illustrator Lucinda Gifford has created delightful and expressive characters in pencil, ink, crayon, marker and watercolour, to complement Roy’s text. The series is produced in bright, different coloured covers. The first two titles are available now with two more due in August.
Themes of confidence, being brave, family and community are blended together to create a lively story for early readers.