BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: Fat Chance Thanksgiving by Patricia Lakin

TITLE: Fat Chance Thanksgiving

AUTHOR: Patricia Lakin

ILLUSTRATOR: Stacey Schuett

PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman & Company, 2001


Determined to have a Thanksgiving feast to rival that in the book A Pilgrim Thanksgiving, especially after having to move into a small new apartment after a fire destroyed their first apartment, Carla refuses to take “no” for an answer when her mother says “Fat chance” to her request.

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  it’s my opinion that Thanksgiving is an overlooked holiday in this country. Halloween is anticipated and celebrated the entire month of October. But as soon as November 1st comes along, Christmas songs fill the air. As if we don’t need to take a moment to focus on a little gratitude and being thankful for what we have. Author Patricia Lakin focuses on all the little things and uncommon chances that bring people together to share food and friendship during Thanksgiving. Like the pilgrims at the first gathering, Carla and her mother go on a grand adventure to a new world (apartment), meeting the indigenous people (new neighbors) and eventually bridge the walls between friend and potential foe. What a great way to teach young readers to reach out a helping hand so that all may benefit! A great addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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