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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 the Hardcover edition.
*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 the Hardcover edition.
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I was surprised that the book rhymed, since I haven't read a Lucy Cousins book that rhymed before. It does add to the enjoyment of the story. However a couple of the rhymes are lost in translation from British English to American English. At first I wondered why "egg plant" and "butter dish" were on the same page as sardine, tangerine, nectarine, jelly bean etc. Then I realized that it must have been "aubergine" and "margarine" in the original British version. So now I just read it with the British rhymes instead.