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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (September 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399250514
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 10.2 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1—Stein continues to create deceptively simple yet very affecting picture books. One day, little Joey peeks out of Mama Kangaroo's pouch and says, "I want to hop!" Each time he leaves his safe haven, he takes more steps, meets a strange new animal, yells out "Pouch!," and hops back to his mama to hide. But when the final animal is another little joey who also yells "Pouch!," the two realize there is nothing to fear, have a good laugh, and hop off together. When their mamas offer their pouches, the youngsters say, "No, thanks." The marker, watercolor, and crayon illustrations are rendered in Stein's trademark simple, scribbly, loosely drawn style. The increasing distances Joey hops from his mother are clearly represented with increased page turns and use of perspective. Stein's choice of easily identifiable animals (a bee, a rabbit, and a bird) is particularly apropos, giving the book universality that it might otherwise lack. The repetition will appeal to the intended audience, as will the chance to identify each animal Joey meets. The subtle sophistication of the story gives it broad appeal: while it could be used one-on-one with toddlers, older preschoolers would enjoy it in storytimes, and the minimalistic text would be effective with beginning readers as well.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT END

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"Warm and inviting, this buoyant tale is hopping good fun." --Kirkus

"Stein continues to create deceptively simple yet very affecting picture books...The subtle sophistication of the story gives it broad appeal." --School Library Journal

"Stein's minimal, to-the-point text and breezy mixed-media illustrations convey Joey's energy and swing of feelings." -- Horn Book

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It's a cute story with sweet illustrations.
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We got this book when my son was about 10 months old, and it was an instant favorite.
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She says, "That's a funny book!" and giggles when Joey yells "Pouch!"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on December 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Today I had to tackle a preschool storytime. I am not a particularly brave librarian, though. If I find a picture book that works, I have to really work at not using it over and over again in front of a crowd of two to four-year-olds every time I do a storytime. Kids are unafraid to inform you when you are boring the socks off of them. after all. So today I was brave and I used not one, not two, but THREE brand new picture books. It was scary, but it worked. And "Pouch!" by David Ezra Stein, was one of the three. Admittedly, I brought it out because I knew I wanted to review it, but it wasn't field tested (as it were) yet. Now I am happy to report that when read with the right amount of verve and near panic, this is a delightful storytime option that kids and adults alike will both love. Clearly the kangaroo word for "retreat" is "POUCH!"

Joey's a sweet little baby kangaroo who one day gets a wild notion. "Mama," he says, "I want to hop!" Mama's willing, but little Joey is a bit of a panicky sort. On his first outing he runs across a bee. His reaction? "POUCH!" and in he hops. On his second hop about the woods he meets a rabbit. You can guess his reaction. Trip #3 and it's a bird that freaks him out. But on Trip #4 he meets another baby kangaroo. And after both of them give a cry of "POUCH!" they realize how silly they've been. So much so that when their mamas offer a pouch to them at the end, they confidently slap their arms around one another and say with pseudo-nonchalance, "No, thanks."

Stein has style. They say that when you write fiction you should have a distinctive voice. Well, Stein's distinctive voice is in his brush.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pencils on November 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Usually it takes one or two readings for my daughter to appreciate a book, but she immediately took to POUCH! We've had it since Friday and I think we've read it about twenty times. Luckily, it's a very sweet book with wonderful illustrations and the adults have been enjoying it too. It's a simple story of a young kangaroo exploring his world, with his mama and her comforting pouch always there in case he's frightened. Not that his world is truly frightening, Joey is just very young. And this is a fun book too, yelling "POUCH!" is fun for both child and parent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jessica on November 13, 2009
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This is a simple and delightful illustration of a child's use of his mother as a "home base" for exploring the world. For more on this principle, see here: [...]
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We got this book as a gift and my daughter loves it. She is a year old and it is probably her favorite book. I would totally recommend this to anyone.
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By Archie Johnson on September 23, 2013
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This book was so much smaller than I thought it was going to be and so that was a disappointment but it is an okay book.
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By Cathleen M. Jones on December 7, 2012
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My son likes this book and will yell POUCH all the time. Funny...sometimes. Anyway, we both like it. I would recommend.
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This is such a cute book! We got it as one of the Imagination Library books and my 16 month old loves it. Heck, I love it. Its just so adorable! Makes me want to explore his other books.
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The book Pouch is a wonderful tale of the development of independence for a little Joey. He hops out and about but when the world gets a little scary, he yells, "Pouch" and heads for the safety of his mother. My daughters and I love this book.
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