Book Review: Cluck, A book of happiness for chicken lovers

Cluck, a book about Australia's love affair with the backyard chook

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Exisle Publishing has produced Cluck the latest offering in its series of books of happiness for animal lovers.


EVERY chicken owner knows that there is much more to love about chickens than the eggs they produce.

With their endearing and often quirky personalities, chickens quickly become part of the family, and there’s nothing bird-brained about these feathered friends either!

Cluck is a must-have book for chicken lovers. With its glorious photography depicting curious little chicks, busy chickens going about their two purposes in life – eating and producing eggs - and  roosters posing in their flashy plumage, it’s guaranteed to delight owners and would-be owners of these marvels of evolution.

It has, I believe, been often remarked, that a hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg. - Samuel Butler

Beautiful pictures of a variety of chooks, from Plymouth Rocks and Orpingtons to Welsummers and Silkies are designed to steal any chicken lover’s heart.

The book’s introduction says: “This book is a celebration of these quirky characters, with a mix of hilarious and serious quotes from people who have come to know that chickens are not the dim-witted, dumb creatures that they’re often made to to be.”

Each delightful picture is accompanied by a proverb, quote or observation from figures such as Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, Patti LuPone, John Milton, Coco Chanel  and J.R.R Tolkien.

Cluck is the third in series of books of happiness for animal lovers by Exisle Publishing withWoof  being about dogs and Spirit  about horses.

The cocks may crow, but it's the hen that lays the egg. - Margaret Thatcher

Cluck is one of those gorgeous books you can just flick through when you have a spare minute or two.  Leave it on the coffee table, you can open it to any page at any time and enjoy a moment of fun and inspiration which you can share with family or just treasure to yourself for a few hours.

Author Freya Haanen is a passionate chicken lover and lives in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Cluck $23.99