The Awkward Avocado (C.J. Zachary)

Hello, friends! Our book today is The Awkward Avocado, written by C.J. Zachary and illustrated by Zac Zachary, a short and simple indie about being true to yourself.

Avocado is one of a kind. Occasionally, their quirks can seem odd to others, such as their nervousness in groups, their unique dancing skills, and their encyclopedic knowledge of the moon. The fact of the matter is that around the other produce, Avocado is often… awkward. But while the verdant fruit may lack some grace and poise, who really cares? Fitting in is not the most important thing, loving and accepting yourself is. So if you’re an awkward avocado too, take a breath, be yourself, and do the things that make you happy – odds are, you’ll find someone who likes those very things about you.

Adorably accepting, if occasionally awkward. Taking a grocery staple spin on a classic picture book theme, Zachary and Zachary combine affirming text with some truly unique illustrations to write a solid advice book on being oneself. And while the meter of the rhymes is occasionally inconsistent, the overall concept of the book works very well. Particularly notable is the fact that many of Avocado’s “awkward” quirks (hyperfixation, speech issues, etc.) could be interpreted as markers of being on the autism spectrum, and for kiddos with ASD, hearing the message that “there’s not really a certain way that you need to act or play” is a welcome one. The length is fine for a storytime, and JJ enjoyed this one a lot, especially since she saw a lot of herself in Avocado. Overall, a very cool little indie title that reinforces a timeless message: being who you are is the best way to be. Baby Bookworm approved!

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