Chicken Joe is a cat who has awoken too early and now his day is off to the wrong start. He can’t even remember something important! Determined, he pushes through to discover that his day is never forgetful but a day to be remembered, year after year….
This book has bragging rights as it is the winner of the Gold Medal from the 2011 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in the category of Book and Music/Theatrical AND the 2011 National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA) in the category of Children’s Media/Music & Audio.
I received the storybook-Music CD to review. The suggested age range listed is ages 5-7, however, personally, I would expand this package to all ages. Let me tell you why. The package I received included so much more than just a book and CD. Within the contents of the CD you can access a printable PDF file which allows your child to review the book on the computer while listening to the music. (You know, in case you have one of those kids that will do anything computer related long before they hold the actual book in their hand.) Also located within the CD is a ten minute video clip. That is where the education comes into play (no pun intended, I promise). Before, it was just a great story, with great music for the children to listen to, now with the video clip, it has been enhanced to something new! This clip, from Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet the duo of Trout Finishing in America, provides information on the Author’s/Songwriters, where they are from, how the characters of the story came about, AND a short lesson on their favorite stringed and percussion instruments. Wow! A book, a CD, and a music lesson! What more can you ask for?
What my kids are saying:
17 month old baby boy: He really enjoyed everything. He has been in my lap listening to the CD or watching the video the entire time I was preparing this review. When I gave the book to my oldest son to check out, he took off with him! He is now in his lap, turning the pages, watching, and listening on their computer.
6 year old baby girl, AKA “the animal lover”: “I liked it and the pictures. Chicken Joe is a silly name for a cat, but my favorite part was the ending!” (She already told one friend and her Granny about the book – and we just read it together 10 minutes ago!)
9 year old big baby girl and young violinist: “I liked the book but I liked the story on CD and the video better, very entertaining… Yes! I would recommend it to my friends”
11 year old big baby boy and young musician: “I liked it and YES I would recommend it to my friends! I enjoyed learning and listening to the different instruments on the video clip”
*Disclaimer: I was given one copy of “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” on behalf of The Secret Mountain to read and review. No monetary compensation was given. All opinions expressed herein are unbiased and not influenced by the author or publisher in any way.*