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Peck Peck Peck Board book – August 2, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1–Cousin's signature style is back in this enchanting picture book about a baby woodpecker. On the opening page, the bird is learning how to peck a tree. The little guy soon gets carried away and pecks not just through a tree, but also through a hat, a mat, tennis rackets, and a jacket. This book takes readers through an entire house from the front door to the bathroom. In the kitchen, “I peck, peck, peck/an eggplant,/a tangerine,/a butter dish,/a nectarine,/a green bean,/a sardine,/and seventeen jelly beans.” Invoking memories of Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, there are also small cutout circles on each page. They grow more numerous as the woodpecker gets more and more carried away. With the detailed illustrations done in thick, dark lines and rhymes that flow easily, this book begs to be shared at storytime.–Brooke Rasche, La Crosse Public Library, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
*Starred Review* The real holes in the front cover—and a little woodpecker making a new one—get this off to a fun start, and there’s more playfulness inside. The book begins with the daddy woodpecker showing his son how to hold tight on a tree and peck, peck, peck, peck, peck the wood. With the basic skill mastered, it’s time for the youngster to get going, pecking through a fence and a front door. Once inside, everything’s fair game: a hat, the mat, a tennis racket, and a jacket. Then pecking begins in the closet, the bedroom, and the kitchen. Although the book might sound like a one-trick pony, it not only has irresistible charm but in Cousins’ signature fashion, there’s a lot to learn. The text mentions each of the peckable items, so as Woody pecks holes in the toilet, the sink, etc., children will be able to point them out on the page. Sometimes, not every item is obvious—for instance, the shampoo in the medicine cabinet—so kids will have to use their skills of observation to pick (not peck) the items. With pure, solid colors as backgrounds and illustrations that feature Cousins’ recognizable chunky pictures outlined in black, the artwork has immediate kid appeal. There’s a world of interactive enjoyment here, but make sure a part of it isn’t letting small fingers make those many holes just a little bit bigger! Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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• Sweet, fun story. Plus it actually features the dad and child, which is somewhat rare compared to mom/kid stories.
• Cute illustrations, including actual "pecked" holes that go right through the pages!
• Nice large size and very sturdy – great as a gift for people with young kids from baby to toddler.
I'm sure that some very sensitive people will not like the fact that the young woodpecker basically destroys someone's home, and is applauded by the dad woodpecker, but it's kinda' funny if you don't take it seriously.
I'm sure we'll be buying more for future birthdays/baby showers. Highly recommended!
The story is cute and entertaining. The illustrations, done in primary colors, are bold and eye-catching. And of course, children will get a kick out of putting their fingers through the hoes. Peck, Peck, Peck is a fun book to share with children ages 3-7.
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