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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite
Awkward Avocado and the Interrupting Raptor, Awkward Avocado Series, Book 2 by C.J. Zachary, is a children’s illustrated book. It’s about two avocados (think big and little brother), and it’s written from the big avocado’s perspective. In a humorous fashion, he asks you, the reader (writing in a rhyming format) if you’ve ever gone through what he is going through. This little avocado is loud, obnoxious, demanding, sometimes violent, rude…you get the idea. Growing up is typically not easy between siblings, and some kids seem more difficult than others in learning how to get along with people. Yet, as this book points out, there is an opposite side to these growing little ones. There are also positive attributes if you only know where to look.
This is the kind of book I recommend for older siblings, or even in a classroom of children where the more mature students can perhaps find a different perspective for those who irritate them. The big brother or sister reading along can readily relate to many of the complaints listed in this colorful story. It can help take them out of their own head for a moment, and look at life from the viewpoint of another who still has chosen to love his little avocado brother: his hugs, his cuddles, and his comforting attributes. And going from there, perhaps they can muster a bit more patience toward their sibling (or classmate). Awkward Avocado and the Interrupting Raptor by C.J. Zachary tackles the messy and awkward growing-up parts of kids' lives and creates a good story and valuable life lessons. Highly recommended.