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I have read this book about 30 times now and it’s growing on me but honestly it rubbed me the wrong way at first. I just didn’t like that the whole book focused on how the farmer could potentially eat all of the animals. Kind of disturbing for a toddler/me. I guess I don’t like to think about the food on my plate as a previously friendly animal down on the farm. I do, however, love pizza so I like the ending although other reviewers didn’t care for that part.
I bought this in hopes for a cute funny thanksgiving story. I thought maybe the turkey would realize he was a pet or he was loved like the horses and sheep. I thought maybe even the turkey would do something to make the family thankful for him and decided not to eat them. Not the case, the turkey does come up with a plan to prevent his death, but there isn’t really a “happy” ending or a thankful lesson/moment.
The text and artwork both are cute and make this timeworn story concept really fresh again. The cadence and repetition of the text makes for great read aloud potential (says the children's librarian). The artwork really got me chuckling though. I think kids will love identifying all the parts to each costume and trying to guess how he will play each successive animal. I have to say that the ending surprised me with a very ingenious solution to the problem. I got this book as an ebook deal but plan to go back and buy a hardcopy to easier share it. I'm also intrigued to see what the others in the series are like.
Overall a humorous book with large, lively illustrations by Lee Harper. My daughter enjoyed picking the Turkey out in its many disguises. But I could see how she was first thrown off with the pizza delivery. As a parent, I liked how the author incorporated common exclamations with the animal in focus like "holy cow" when Turkey dressed up as a cow and so on; cute play with words. It also highlighted empathy and consideration for others when turkey realises that his actions may affect his friend rooster.
I I have absolutely no literary credentials to speak of to judge a book's storyline but I would have wished the ending was something where turkey didn't get eaten anyway without something as ordinary as pizza delivery to capture the spirit of Thanksgiving that works out for bird and family.
This is a cute book and my niece and nephew really enjoyed it. They asked me for a Thanksgiving book I ordered 2. This one was their favorite. The book was cute well drawn and easy for the kids to memorize and feel like they were reading along. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because it made one of the kids refuse to eat turkey and we had to make her a little pizza instead. My suggestion is to read the book after dinner not before.