Title: Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Wild Chicken
Author: Christine Pakkala
Genre: Moral, Funny, Childrens’ fiction
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Publication Date: 1st September 2014
My Rating: 4/5
Hi there friends,
Today I’ve read some lovely children’s books and here is another book which I have enjoyed again. As it’s not released until September, here’s my quick preview of what I’m sure will be a great book when published. The edition which I read did not have all of the completed illustrations in, but those which were complete were lovely. I hope that you enjoy my review of this marvellous children’s book.
I received a copy of this book for free by the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lola hates having her surname being at the end of the alphabet. It means she’s last for everything and she can’t sit next to her best friend on the bus on the way home. She’s having a hard time dealing with another girl trying to be best friends with Amanda, her best friend. Jealous and angry about being always being last, Lola’s sent to the back of the line. Her week just keeps on going downhill, with her Mum and Dad away working she’s left with her brother and grandma. Lola seems to have a habit of getting into bad situations and grandma’s stories about Lola the chicken seem to know just what she should do. Bad decision and good decisions, Lola learns that sometimes even though it’s harder to do the right thing, it can make things better for everyone.
This was a charming children’s book, albeit a little long, it was a good moral book which valued honesty, loyalty and perseverance. Lola’s learning to understand the world and how friendships work and this would be a great book to share with children if they too were experiencing any of the problems which Lola does such as making friends, being away from family and making the right decisions. This would be great for younger developing readers to read with an adult and begin to read independently. It’s definitely a book which would be more suited for younger girls than boys though boys may well enjoy it too. A nice little story for younger ones.
If you would like to pre-order a copy of Last-But-Not-Least Lola and the Wild Chicken you can do so on Amazon UK by clicking HERE. If you read the book, comment below and let me know what you think about it!