Comical and original, this vivacious picture book from the creator of Maisy features a lovable new character — and a novelty element that’s a hole lot of fun.
Today my daddy said to me,
"It’s time you learned to peck a tree."
Little woodpecker has just learned to peck. Yippee! He’s having so much fun that he peck-peck-pecks right through a door and has a go at everything on the other side, from the hat to the mat, the racket to the jacket, the teddy bear to a book called Jane Eyre. Children will be drawn to the young bird’s exuberance at learning a new skill — and ready to snuggle along at day’s end for a night of sweet dreams.
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Lucy Cousins is the creator of the beloved Maisy series. She is also the author-illustrator of the widely acclaimed Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book, as well as I’m the Best and Hooray for Fish! Lucy Cousins lives in Hampshire, England.From Booklist:
*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
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