Vegan Children’s Book Review + Video | Dave Loves Chickens

by Kortney Campbell on December 28, 2013

Dave-Loves-Chickens-Vegan-Childrens-Book 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.

IMG_1257 IMG_1274 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.

IMG_1268 IMG_1267 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!

Dave-Loves-Chickens In case you still want to know more, here’s a little video preview of Dave Loves Chickens:

What are some of your favorite children’s books? We’d love some new ideas!

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About Kortney Campbell

I'm Kortney; a wife, natural mama and vegan in love with life, food and all things vintage! I've been vegan since December 2007, but have loved to cook & create pretty things since before I can remember. I started Vegan Housewives because I don't think you have to give up the joys of food when going vegan! I have a fondness for re-creating non-vegan recipes (especially my grandma's), making a healthier & animal friendly version so be sure to send me your favorite concoctions by clicking our "share a recipe" button - I would LOVE to veg-i-fy them!

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    katy Banfield January 3, 2014 at 8:47 am

    I’m going to order this book. My son loves Steven the Vegan, he even quotes it saying “What part of the chicken is the nugget?” I’m glad there are more non-violent, compassionate books for kids on being vegan.


    Dorian January 28, 2014 at 11:27 am

    This is great! I am getting certified to teach and I am always surprised by how often children’s books reference animal consumption! It is something I look for when planning lessons. I look for books that don’t reference veganism specifically ( hello, angry parents!), but that refer to animals as our friends or just talk about gardening and how yummy veggies are; that also include the key phonics points I need to focus on! Tough task!


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