IMPECCABLE PETUNIA I;CLAWS, PAWS, FEATHERS & Jaws and IMPECCABLE PETUNIA II; THE TWO TAILS by KATIE CHRISTINE with illustrations by JONATHAN EDWARD.
The yard sat silent in the crisp evening air, blanketed by the glow of the emerging moon. The trees shifted in the gentle breeze, while the roof of the hen house creaked.
- Memorable Moment; Book I: Page 31
She'd peer into the shadows, positive she'd heard something. In those moments, she knew it was him. He was waiting, watching, planning. One day the sun would melt into the horizon, like it does every day and with the night, ho would return, his one eye sparkling - jaws gleaming in the moonlight.
Memorable Moment; Book II: Page 145
READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.
MY THOUGHTS ... Its no big secret that truth be told I'm not generally into 'animal' stories but contacted by the author I had the feeling Impeccable Petunia was going to be a very different kind of animal story. And was I right or was I right?
Encompassing so many different themes (loneliness, bullying but also friendship and loyalty to name but a few) but basically the story of what it is to be different, to be a bit of an outcast, to go against the grain. This is the story of a hen the likes of which you've never met before. The story of a hen struggling to find her place not only in the pecking order of the chicken coop but also in that of the human world.
Original, creative and I'd suggest suitable for all but the youngest of readers, Petunia's story is one that adults as well as children (at whom the books are primarily marketed) will relate to, the characters credible, the barn yard easily comparable to the school yard (or indeed perhaps even the workplace).
Book I, Impeccable Petunia: Claws, Paws, Feathers and Jaws, at just over 100 pages by far the shorter of the two books, is a great introduction to Petunia and co and came as quite a revelation in that I hadn't expected to find a story that, relatively simple on the face of it, was actually quite deep; that funny on the one hand was not without peril on the other.
Readable as a standalone novel in its own right but better still read after book I. Double in length, more gritty and with several new characters, the story, altogether more fleshed out, really hits its stride in book II, Impeccable Petunia: The Two Tails before its ending which though open ended leaves us in little doubt that this isn't the end of the road for Petunia ... or is it? As if I'm going to tell you. You'll have to read the book (or, better yet, the books) to find out.