The New Rooster (Rilla Alexander)

Hello, friends! Our book today is The New Rooster by Rilla Alexander, a sweet and silly tale of language diversity.

Arriving for his first early-morning shift, the new wake-up call rooster at the ZZZ Hotel is excited to begin his job in a new country. Getting there just in time, the rooster takes a deep breath and lets out his tried-and-true wake-up call: “OCKCAY AWAY OODLEDAY OODAY!” Unfortunately, this fails to stir any of the hotel’s inhabitants! He tries again, but the critters simply grouse at him in various languages, then head back to sleep. Feeling anxious about this failure (on his first day!), the rooster tries other methods to wake the sleeping guests, but to no avail. Will this plucky rooster figure out how to make his voice heard?

A lovely story of multilingual communication. Alexander blends a cheerful, humorous story with colorful and unique artwork to create a thoroughly enjoyable tale of finding community across language barriers. Alexander utilizes the linguistic quirk of animal sounds being spelled and pronounced differently to create a lost-in-translation conundrum, resolved with three universal languages: food, kindness, and friendship. The gorgeous color-block illustrations are delightful, the length is perfect for a storytime, and JJ enjoyed it immensely, especially attempting the different versions on the rooster’s crow. Overall, this was a fun read with a warm message, and we loved it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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