Chuck the Cheetah


Children - Animals
63 Pages
Reviewed on 03/29/2022
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Reviewed by Anelynde Smit for Readers' Favorite

Chuck the Cheetah by K.A. Mulenga is a very precious book about how you can lose and still be a winner. The story is about Chuck and his friends who attend races on a regular basis. Races that Chuck always seems to win. That fact goes to his head as he tells everyone that all he knows how to do is win. The other cheetahs think about how they can beat Chuck and ask him what he would do if he lost. Chuck, being full of himself, says he only knows how to win and that thinking becomes his undoing. Later he eventually does lose a race and now feels that no one will like him. He acts tough but deep down he is afraid. With the help of an unlikely source, Chuck learns the value of winning and losing. This is a very sweet book aimed at children at an age where they need to learn that winning won’t always happen.

The illustrations by Tsabitha Yahya were very well done and carried the story well throughout. You could see the emotions on the faces of the cheetahs. The colors were vivid and beautifully executed. I think children will fall in love with the cheetah characters, each with their very own personality. I loved how there is a coloring section for kids at the end. Chuck the Cheetah by K.A. Mulenga is a very nice book. Not only were the characters beautifully drawn but the text letters were nice and big. It is a lesson even adults can relate to as they read it to their children. You win some and you lose some is the backbone of this story and the cheetahs carry that theme strongly. Chuck was very relatable as most people will remember a time when winning was all they thought about. His rise and fall give the story a very strong message for anyone who reads it. This is a must-have for any parent wanting their children to learn a valuable lesson.