Joy of Chickens
You’ve got to love when an author is excited about something. Evidently, chickens are this guy’s “thing.” Having been around chickens and hatching chicks, I don’t really feel joy. I feel mostly feel irritated by the constant chirping and smell.
This was recently weeded from a youth non-fiction collection. As a book, the content isn’t too bad, and the illustrations of the many breeds of chicken are beautiful. In my opinion, I think this book is more appropriate in the adult section. I will say that most of my adult patrons are usually looking for the small scale farming angle. (One particular patron was interested in dressing her chickens up in little outfits. I didn’t really wants to ask why.) Kids are usually just interested in stories and basic information. This book really doesn’t fit either need.
Fried chicken, anyone?
Submitter: Not sure what to make of this from the cover.
Holly: This is the memoir of a veterinarian who became a minister. Here’s the Publishers Weekly review. It also got good reviews on GoodReads. The title is catchy and the cover is odd enough to get people to take a look. It seems like a pretty good choice for Christian-centric, rural communities. The Vet in the Vestry was Cameron’s first book, and this one continues his story with more on the ministerial part of his life. It may have appeal to James Herriot readers. I’m calling this one odd enough to be interesting, but old enough to be weed-able if it no longer circulates.
Submitter: We’ve been weeding a lot of animal books lately. The skunk photo is my favorite.
Holly: The pictures submitted are priceless. Too bad they aren’t in color! This was great for its time, but there are definitely more current books on the topic that include more current laws and what can (and cannot) be kept as pets. My neighbor feeds the critters that live in the woods behind our houses, and the darn things are super creepy: raccoons that come out all times of day looking for a handout, ducks that chill out in the garden, deer that don’t look twice when you cross their path…it’s just not right.