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Peck, Peck, Peck
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Peck, Peck, Peck

by Lucy Cousins

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cousins’s black outlines and cozy colors (which will be instantly recognizable to Maisy fans) tell the story of a young woodpecker learning to peck. “Now hold on tight. That’s very good,” says the woodpecker father to his offspring. “Then peck, peck, peck, peck, peck the wood.” The junior woodpecker’s first efforts are revealed with a small, die-cut hole: “Peck peck peck ‘Oh, look, yippee!/ I’ve pecked a hole right through this tree.’ ” Eagerly, the bird ventures closer to a house and then inside it, turning successive pages into something that comes close to Swiss cheese. “I peck, peck, peck a magazine,/ a picture of Aunt Geraldine,/ an armchair, a teddy bear,/ and a book called Jane Eyre,” boasts the small bird. Exhausted, the pecking student heads home to bed. The father woodpecker appears to be a single father, and the sex of the young woodpecker is unstated. The story is stripped-down and expertly paced, and the idea of receiving warm praise from a parent for poking holes in a bunch of random objects stays funny all the way through. Ages 2–5. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
While the book might sound like a one-trick pony, this not only has irresistible charm, but in Cousin’s signature fashion, there’s a lot to learn.
—Booklist (starred review)

With the bright illustrations you've come to expect from the Maisy series, this is a lovely book about a child's enthusiasm and a parent's love.
—The Huffington Post

Gentle humor, vivid colors, simple shapes and strategically placed cut-out circles will captivate little eyes, ears and fingers in Lucy Cousins' interactive new picture book...
—Fall 2013 Parents' Choice Awards

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
The actual holes in the front cover of the book and the pages may create interest in reading or listening to the story about a young redheaded woodpecker that learns from his father how to peck a tree. After the young woodpecker successfully pecks a hole in a tree, his father encourages the young bird to practice pecking. The little woodpecker tells about the objects that he practiced pecking holes in by himself. For instance, he manages to get inside a house and tries pecking on a number of different items like articles of clothing, a tennis racket, furniture, and more. In the illustration, the word "peck" appears by the objects that the little woodpecker uses for practice. After a day of practicing, the son returns to the nest for a sweet ending to the story. Readers who are familiar with Cousins' series of stories about a mouse named Maisy may recognize the brightly colored illustrations with bold outlines which are a part of this book. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
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, WI
Kirkus Reviews
The young woodpecker featured in this tale is a quick study: After one lesson from his daddy, he's ready to practice pecking on his own. With her signature palette of bold primary colors, Cousins' gouache world of familiar objects is a toddler's delight. There are a variety of household and backyard items to identify, colors and patterns to find and things to count. The thick, hand-lettered, black text lends itself to pointing out key words. The fledgling starts his tutorial with a single die-cut hole in a tree and ultimately becomes a bit dizzy as he finishes with 53 on a page; the scene is a laundry room peppered with pecks. A few of the rhymes are a bit bumpy: "So off I flew— / I couldn't wait— / across the grass / and onto the gate." Children, however, will be so busy finding the openings, sized just right for little fingers, they are not likely to care. The final pecks, sans holes, are loving kisses from a proud father. From the sunny, see-through cover to the final bedtime snuggle, this day in the life of an overachiever (naughty by human standards) is sure to generate chortles and great interest. (Picture book. 2-4)

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Candlewick Press
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Product dimensions:
10.08(w) x 10.38(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

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.

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