The Fake-Chicken Kung Fu Fighting Blues Book Review & Giveaway

Title: The Fake-Chicken Kung Fu Fighting Blues
By: Aaron Lam
Publisher: Lorimer
Publication Date: February 1, 2018
Pages: 152

12-year-old video buff Anthony is devastated when his family moves from Chinatown to a remote northern community. There are no other Asian families around and everyone loves hockey, which Anthony just doesn't get. The move is even harder on his grandmother, Po Po, who doesn't speak English and puts a fake chicken over the front door for luck. Desperate to fit in, Anthony takes to the ice for the first time — and is a total disaster! But he manages to make friends after standing up the school bully, who asks Anthony to teach him "kung fu"! Anthony starts putting together a documentary about his new town, which turns out to be full of interesting people. As he discovers the joys of small-town life, his new friends get an introduction to his Chinese culture, and even Po Po begins to feel at home.

This is a good book geared for readers aged 8-12 years old.  My 10 year old enjoyed it as the main character experienced some real life situations that are relatable to many kids. A young boy who moves to a new town and tries to navigate his surroundings quickly sparked my daughter's interest as she previously moved to a new home and a new school. 

Also who doesn’t love a book about hockey, right? My daughter plays hockey, so again, this book grabbed her attention and she loved reading this story. The illustrations were a cute added bonus and the book has a lot of humor that my daughter really appreciated. Over, this book was a good story and a good read!

Excited to share that we've teamed up with Lorimer to host a giveaway offering one Canadian reader a chance at winning a copy of The Fake-Chicken Kung Fu Fighting Blues by leaving a comment below sharing what your favorite Hockey team is! 

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned book at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


  1. My favourite hockey team is the Toronto Maple Leafs

  2. My favourite hockey team is the Minnesota North Stars.

  3. My favourite hockey team is the one that my grandson plays goalie for, the Oakville Rangers!