Cluck and Fluffy
Written by Ceasar R. Castro
Illustrated by Alaina Luise
Mascot Books; November 3, 2020
I looked forward to reading Cluck and Fluffy, a story about a rabbit who lived with chickens.
Just last summer, we had several “wild” (someone let them loose)bunnies running through our pasture and eating my flowers. Not long after (and everyone knows, there is never just ONE rabbit), our neighbors mentioned they had caught the big female. They put her in the chicken coop with their chicks. She quickly dug an arm-length deep hole and had 10 kits. We were invited over to visit, which resulted in the adoption of Pretty and Rocky. So far, no extra babies. Whew.
Thank you, Mascot Books, for sending this copy for me to review. You can read more about Mascot Books at www.mascotbooks.com.
Why I enjoyed this book:
~ Farms! I love farms and barnyard settings.
~ Bunnies and chickens
~ The themes of making friends, dealing with bullies, and doing what is right regardless of peer pressure
~ The story is based on personal family history, with a lovely fictional story built around those memories
~ The surprising names (not what you would predict)
~ Friendship is color blind
Happy Book Birthday, Ceasar R. Castro, Alaina Luise, and Cluck and Fluffy!
The timeless story of Cluck and Fluffy explores a friendship which endures despite the teasing, and mocking that their unique alliance garners. From the minute a brand-new rabbit is introduced to a flock of chickens at Farmer Raul’s ranch, the residents do everything they can to alienate and make fun of their new neighbor. That is, until one stormy night, when a brave chicken breaks from the crowd and befriends the rabbit, thus spawning a friendship that withstands the bullying and taunting from the other chickens.
Will this brood of close-minded chickens learn to accept the unexpected friendship of a chicken and a rabbit? Or will Cluck and Fluffy be forced to forge their own path forward?
About the Author:
Ceasar Castro grew up in the southern part of San Diego county at a time when farming was prominent in the area. His father was a farmer. In the summers Ceasar would work on the farm picking crops and selling vegetables. After graduating from high school, Ceasar attended San Diego State University and graduated with a Bachelor s degree in Engineering. He then accepted a job at the Navy Research Laboratory in San Diego. He later attended Purdue University and obtained a Master’s degree in Engineering. As an engineer Ceasar wrote numerous technical reports. This book is his first storybook. It is a reflection of his youth living in a rural area of San Diego which no longer exists. His fondest memories are of chickens and rabbits in their backyard.