Chook Doolan (series)
Walker Books, 2017
64pp., pbk., RRP $A7.99
Chook is not his real name – that’s Simon – but he’s earned his nickname because he is anxious and scared about many things, even everyday encounters, and “chook” is another word for chicken. Let’s Do Diwali, Up and Away, On the Road and Unhappy Camper are the latest releases in this series especially designed for the young reader making the transition from basal reader to novels.
In each story, Chook faces a situation that scares him such as working with new people, speaking in public, being in a crowd, playing with strangers, sleeping away from home and he has to draw on his inner reserves to deal with each one. Often circumstances are that he becomes involved in events and doesn’t realise that he has overcome his fear and come out the other side until it is all over, each time gaining a little more confidence. All the issues he faces are those that will be familiar to the young reader so they can draw strength and confidence from Chook’s success.
Short chapters, large font and plenty of illustrations support the newly emerging reader and with such relevant topics told well this is a perfect series to entice even the reluctant reader into more challenging books and show them that this reading thing actually has something to offer them and they can be successful at it.