Chocrotes and the World Without Question by Steve Berkowitz

badkittyschooldazeWOO HOO! I get a two-hour delay from school this morning! Before I get to today’s review, I have to tell you the winner of the signed copy of “Bad Kitty School Daze.” We put all the names in a hat and Josie picked the winner out.

Congratulations to…

Sue Morris of the awesome blog Kid Lit Reviews!

I will be emailing you to get your mailing address. 😀

Now onto today’s review!

chocrotesChocrotes and the World Without Question

By Steve Berkowitz

Edited by Laurie Berkowitz

Illustrated by Bjorn Minde

31 pages – ages 10+

Published by Libboo  on April 18, 2012

Chocrotes is a chicken. He lives in a far away world inhabited by only chickens. In his world questions are illegal, but the problem is Chocrotes likes to ask questions. In fact Chocrotes’ parents named him after a famous chicken philosopher who asked all sorts of questions. Chocrotes parents allow him to ask questions at home, but tell him not to ask questions anywhere else. The evil Rooster king, Doodle Doo, has anyone who asks a question arrested. Chocrotes may be a chicken, but he is no… umm… turkey? He asks a question in school and for it he is banished by King Doodle Doo to another land. After five long years, Chocrotes returns to try to overthrow King Doodle Doo.

I really like the message in this book – asking questions is good for everyone. It also has the message of standing up for yourself when you believe in something. I thought that it being set in a world of chickens was great. I think chickens are funny and I love the idea of a world of chickens. I am not fond of the artwork in the book. Chocrotes is a good main character and he helps to get the message of the book to the reader. I like the play on the name Socrates and the idea of a chicken philosopher. 🙂  Because the story idea is really good, I was wanting more out of the book. I thought it was to short (only 31 pages) for the ages it is meant for (ages 10-13) and more details could be given. Even though I think the story needs to be added to, I am glad I read it and it is a story that makes me think.

Three out of five bookworms for “Chocrotes and the World Without Question.” threebooks

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Categories: Age 12+, Age 9+

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40 replies

  1. LOL! Ref: Chocrotes may be a chicken, but he is no… umm… turkey?

    Sounds like a great book for the message it shares. Thanks for the review.

  2. Sounds like a fun book! I like the cover, thanks for sharing and for such an honest review. Enjoy your extra free time this morning.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  3. Another clucktastic review and book, Erik!

  4. Thank you for the honest review Erik!

  5. This story does have a good premise (I like funny chickens too) — I can see why you would want it to be longer and more developed. Thanks for another honest review!

  6. I am writing a funny chicken book. I hope mine is fully developed and makes folks laugh their socks off! . Thanks Erik. Great reviews. (Thanks for being so honest)

  7. Hmm.. interesting concept indeed. Socratic questioning is an art, and I’m glad that a book for children has even attempted to tackle such an important and valuable teaching tool. Interesting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the book, Erik, and the things that didn’t quite work for you too. 🙂

  8. Love the name and that the author is attempting some philosophy with this age group. It truly is a bit on the short side for middle grade, though, you are right.

  9. Chocrotes? Hilarious!
    Taylor and I ordered “Bad Kitty School Daze” from the library last week. Came in today. Can’t wait to start it together!

  10. I KNOW the author created Doodle Doo based on my high school trigonometry teacher!

  11. Love the play on names. They look like a lot like chocbots. Sounds like a funny book. Is it a PB or Chapter Book with pictures? Sounds hilarious!

  12. Questions do need to be asked in order to learn. I nice lesson here I think. Thanks!

  13. I sometimes don’t like being asked questions when it is to do with filling in forms! Otherwise, questions are keys that open to the world of mysteries!

  14. Chicken. Mmmmm.

    Love and licks,

  15. 31 pages is short for that age group, but I love his name 🙂

  16. The story idea sounds like a good one. But a land of just chickens?! Scary nightmare!

  17. Congrats to Sue!

    This book sounds great. I love the messages that you mentioned. Thanks for shariing.

  18. Congrats Sue! 😀 Great review Erik! I liked your play on words about the turkey! lol

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