I’ve loved books since I was a kid. From being read to by my grandpa every night or reading them myself to looking at the pictures and getting attached to the characters to the point that I am saddened by finishing the book, I adore the entire experience. It seems this love for resding has been passed on, so these days, pretty much everything I read is kid-friendly and we’re always looking for new, amazing books to introduce to Judah. One of our new favorites is Dave Loves Chickens by Carlos Patino.
This is our very first “vegan” book which is really exciting. I love that it gets the point across without being too in-your-face, making it enjoyable for even the non-vegans in our family.
Basically, Dave is a monster from another planet. He loves chickens and doesn’t understand why humans eat animals. The wording is simple and to the point, without a crazy build-up or conflict, which I surprisingly love. I wish more children’s books were written this way (with the moral lasting through the entire story as opposed to a “coming to your senses” on the last page).
The author, Carlos Patino, is an amazing Graphic Designer so the illustrations really make this book. It has a very Ren and Stimpy (minus the grossness) feel which is super nostalgic for me. But at the same time, it’s so very unique and colorful that Judah loves it as well.
From the plot and story line to the illustrations and adoration for the main character, Dave Loves Chickens is hands down one of the most original children’s books I’ve seen. I’ve heard that this won’t be the last of Carlos Patino and Dave, so we will definitely be adding more of his amazing work to our library!
What are some of your favorite children’s books? We’d love some new ideas!