Rarely do I get a chance to read children’s stories, despite having a special fondness for them. So I was thrilled to get to read and review Cindy Kovacik’s Chicken in the City.
This book follows Chicken, who wakes up in a strange yard with no memory of who he is or where he came from. With him are Jack the squirrel and Lupito the possum, who offer to help him figure out where he came from. They take him on a journey through cat infested streets, to find answers. But it’s dangerous out there…
Honestly, I had no idea what to expect from this book. My memory of children’s stories was that some were good, but predictable, while others were fun just for the pretty pictures. This book, though, managed to be fun and entertaining without being at all predictable. I really liked the writing and flow of the story, as well as the hints of what’s to come in the next book. For being such a short story, I really enjoyed it!
My one critique is that there is a bit of violence in the book that may not be age appropriate. I don’t actually know the age range for this book, but it seems like maybe elementary school. And, granted, kids are precocious, but the actions of Domino and the mouse seem slightly over the top for this book. Nothing dramatic, and all the details were removed, but even just the hint of it might be a bit much for young children.
Overall, I would say that Chicken in the City is a fun, entertaining book and I enjoyed it quite a bit! A good book.