This wacky, rhyming children's picture book will delight children and adults alike. Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks, was first published in 2013 and is the first book of the Funky Chicken series. The second book, Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space, Funky Chicken’s search for ‘intergalactic funkiness’, was published in 2015.
This beautiful book tells the story of how the Australian animals decided to take a vote on which animal is the most unique. There are many contenders including kookaburra, wombat, tree frog, possum and even a sneaky old crocodile! Much to their surprise, they are all upstaged when the rare ‘Funky Chicken’ take the prize! Unfortunately, he has trouble controlling his instant rise to animal fame, and after much bragging and braying (upsetting his fellow animals), and a near miss from Sneaky Old Croc, he learns a lesson about celebrating his uniqueness in a much more humble fashion!
This title comes with a QR coded link on the cover where you can download for FREE, audio and video files of the book and song, performed by the author, to an amazing musical composition created especially for this book.
Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks was short-listed in the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards and is in the Australian curriculum (Queensland C2C – year 3 poetry). This title is also in the Queensland (Australia) and Victoria (Australia) Premier's Reading Challenge book list.
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About the Author
"As a society, we are becoming more and more aware of the powerful connection between books and early childhood development. So it's a very exciting time to be involved in children's literacy! We have so many options now available for children and families to access quality literature for children. You only have to visit the local library to see the huge range of reading resources and fun programs and events to see this. I fundamentally believe that creating fun and funky books for children (and their adults!), provides a powerful platform for families to foster a love of reading for their children. In so doing, they are not only enjoying quality time as a family, but also creating the building blocks for their children's future appreciation of the wonderful world of books!"
This recent review from Speech Pathology Australia, around his award winning book Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space, sums up Chris' philosophy.
-A fantastically fun, funky book! This absurd tale will engage adults and children alike with characters that are wonderfully silly and appealing.
Chris' first book Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks was released in March 2013. This title was shortlisted for the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards and is in the Premiers Reading Challenge book list in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. This title is also listed as a text in the Australian Curriculum (Qld C2C Year 3, Unit 7 -Poetry).
His second book A Bug Called Doug was released in March 2013. This title is in the Qld Premiers Reading Challenge book list and was long listed in the 2015-16 ISLN (International School Library Network, Singapore) Red Dot Awards.
Chris' latest title Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space, the second in the Funky Chicken series was released in August 2015 and was the winner in the 2016 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. With it's many cross-curriculum applications, this book is widely used in schools and early learning centres around Australia.
Chris is a seasoned presenter and performs interactive author presentations and workshops to any age group in a range of formats. He has performed 100's of events at literary festivals, libraries, schools, early learning centres, special schools, business groups and community events. He has even provided diversional therapy sessions for aged care facilities. His role is to bring fun (and funkiness!) to the world through his books and highly engaging presentations, designed to encourage readers of all ages to 'read for the joy of reading!'
Megan is a primary school teacher, mother and children's picture book illustrator (in her spare time!) Megan with Chris Collin on his two previous children's books 'Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks' and 'A Bug Called Doug'.