The description of both this book and part two of the story were immediately intriguing to me. So, when the author offered me a free copy of the books in exchange for an honest and unbiased review, I was happy to oblige. Please note that these remarks refer to both Part 1 (Claws, Paws, Feathers and Jaws) and Part 2 (The Two Tails).
Petunia is not your ordinary chicken. She prefers to keep her flower garden blooming instead of gossiping with the gaggle of other chickens in the yard. But, no matter how hard she tries, she just can’t seem to escape the incessant gossip and bickering. While the rest of the chickens are happy to ignore their human caretaker, Petunia is curious about the woman she finds crying on the back steps of the house. Soon, she finds herself a part-time-house-chicken as she keeps Silkie (Petunia’s name for the human) company and helps redecorate the farm house. But the other chickens are suspicious about the human and Petunia’s involvement with her. And soon the ever-present bickering becomes in-fighting, power struggles, and violence.
See what I mean? Sounds intriguing, right? And, just think: the main characters are chickens! (And there’s a cat. And a fox. And a raccoon. And more. But, still, not humans!)
There’s a lot happening in these seemingly simple stories–and I haven’t quite figured out what all of that is! To be honest, Impeccable Petunia confuses me a bit. It’s imaginative and inventive; certainly a unique work of fiction. And the illustrations are lovely. And yet, I’m not sure what I make of the story. In a way, I don’t want to have to work this hard to figure out what a book is about. But, on the other hand, aren’t the best kinds of stories are the ones that you keep thinking about them long after the final page? I think you need to find out for yourselves!