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. Volume XIV Number 18. . . .May 2, 2008
Children might recognize these two feathery friends from the ChickaDEE magazine. Now they star in their first book! You Crack Me Up! Chick and Dee's Big Book of Fun is the initial book in the "You Crack Me Up Series". The jokes, comics, and puzzles do feature Chick and Dee, but the book also includes their good friends Shelldon, Fang, Jack, Bruno, Robin, Petal, and Arf. These animal cartoon characters appear in the comic strips and puzzles, they tell jokes, and they demonstrate how to do things like be a hero or ways to be environmentally friendly.
For children not familiar with ChickaDEE magazine, there is a four page section entitled "Meet the Gang" where tidbits of information about each character are listed, ending with a piece of trivia called "Did you know?" Here we learn about Dee's love of chocolate syrup and Chick's jumping jack routine before bed. For the readers who are budding artists, drawing tips and step-by-step drawing instructions are including for Chick, Dee, Arf, and Shelldon. At the end of the book, readers will find the answers for the spot the differences puzzles and the solution to the character maze. These puzzle and maze activities give readers something to tackle after reading the comic pages and the jokes that appear throughout the book.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold lake, AB.
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