Chuck the Cheetah
Reviewed By: Susan Keefe
Susan Keefe reviews and promotes poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and is also author of the Toby's Tails series of children's books.

Everyone knows that cheetahs are the fastest animals on earth, and Chuck is the fastest of them all. He knows that whether he is competing in the Daily Friendly Races, Weekly Fun Races, or the Monthly Championship Races, he will always win.

This knowledge has made Chuck into a very arrogant cheetah, failure is something he just doesn’t consider, it’s not an option, and he is always boasting that he win, win, wins. This attitude means that he is becoming more and more unpopular with his friends, Chip, Chum and Chester. They even go as far as to ask him what he would do if he didn’t win, he just laughs them off, until… during a race he stands on a thorn, this slows him down, and the race is won by Chip.

Humiliated, Chuck slinks away, unwilling and unable to be pleased for Chip. This is a very sad way to be, he is a very bad loser, which is not nice.

Then one night he is visited by a wise old cheetah who tells him that his attitude is not good. He shouldn’t be such a bad loser, and for his own good he should learn to accept defeat gracefully. Chuck decides to follow the wise cheetah’s advice and in this heart-warming story young readers will discover the advantages of being nice, and happy for others.

Not everyone can be a winner, or a leader, but everyone deserves to be loved and respected. Life isn’t about being the best at everything, not everyone can do this, but everyone deserves to be loved for themselves and who they are.

The message of kindness and love towards your friends, neighbours, and people you meet, is clearly explained in an easy to understand way. My granddaughters understood well that Chuck, his attitude, and what he learned from the wise old cheetah are lessons for us all.

I highly recommend this nicely written and beautifully illustrated little children’s book.

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