The main reason I enjoyed A Crow of His Own is that there is the theme of being yourself but not with a unicorn. This time Megan Dowd Lambert’s rooster, Clyde, has to fill the shoes of the great Larry. But there is no way he could as he just keeps embarrassing himself, and the other farm animals will not give him a chance to find out who he is. That is, expect for one goose, who knows what to say and do.
Overall the story is funny and nice. There are all the animals of the barnyard, some puns and realistic reactions of the animals towards the new rooster. On a more subtle note, there are two male farmers who run the show. They are not a major piece of the book, but they help move the story along as needed. The art is sweet, not overly bold, but not dull. Recommended for kids who like animals and maybe for a sibling who does not “measure up” to their other sibling(s). There is not a lot “new and fresh” to the actual story, but it is a nice addition to the Be Yourself and Find Your Own Thing themes.
The author will be making an appearance at my bookstore soon. They will be presenting their latest book, A Kid of Their Own. Like with this book, and other books by Lambert, a theme is present to help the child listener ages 5 to 7/8 with common issues they might have to deal with. Good for the classroom or personal library collections.