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. Volume XVI Number 15. . . .December 11, 2009
In this rhyming picture book, adapted from an oral presentation by Wheeler, a Cree scriptwriter, Chuck decides to take a walk. He runs into one precipitous situation after another, from almost drowning in the falls, to being chased up a tree, to riding on the back of a bear, to being picked up by an eagle and then a hawk who dumps him back at his own home in a puddle of muck.
Although not brilliant, the rhymes are bouncy enough, and one can almost imagine kids roaring the rhyme at the end of each couplet after Wheeler has dramatically set each one up. A person can't help but smile when, instead of raining "cats and dogs," it rains Chuck! With Chuck being carried by the original hawk back to his home, the story, however nonsensical, has a sense of completeness about it. The last page, where Chuck's mother pounces on him for having been gone all day, is a little disappointing, but Chuck's wry explanation that "I just went for a walk" is enough to satisfy.
Todd Kyle is a public library manager in Mississauga, ON, who has served on the jury of several children's literature awards in both official languages.
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