Peepsqueak Wants a Friend!

Peepsqueak Wants a Friend!

by Leslie Ann Clark
     
 

The farm animals wake up and come running out to play . . . 2 by 2!

Peepsqueak needs a friend! But if he can't find the perfect friend on the farm, where can he look next?

Overview

The farm animals wake up and come running out to play . . . 2 by 2!

Peepsqueak needs a friend! But if he can't find the perfect friend on the farm, where can he look next?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jody Little
At the beginning of this sweet picture book, Pipsqueak the chick runs out of the barn, but he is all by himself. The other chicks run out two by two. Pipsqueak wants a friend, so he hops, skips, jumps, and skitters down the path following some very large footprints. Along the way, Pipsqueak meets several other animals including hedgehogs, red birds, and raccoons; and they are all in pairs, two by two. Pipsqueak wants his own friend so he continues to search. When he finally finds his new friend deep in a dark cave, he brings the friend back to the barnyard which turns out to be quite a big surprise for the other chicks. Upbeat, repetitive text and colorful line illustrations make this a charming story for preschool age children. Teachers and parents will appreciate the take-home point that "...friends don't just come in 2's. Real friends make room for all." Reviewer: Jody Little
School Library Journal
PreS-K—When all the chicks on the farm pair up two by two, Peepsqueak is left looking for a friend. Sporting a red T-shirt with the initials P.S. on his chest, the little chick repeats the rhyming couplet, "You are 2, but I am 1/my search for a friend has just begun." Unfortunately, the font chosen for printing the pronoun "I" and the numeral "1" will look very similar to youngsters following along as the text is read aloud. The repeated refrain, "hopped, skipped, jumped, and skittered" down the path, is more successful in fostering visual literacy and word recognition because Clark uses the same four colors each time it recurs. Cartoonlike artwork was created with pen and finished using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. When Peepsqueak befriends an enormous brown bear, the other chicks are afraid and run away. This ambiguous scenario seems to imply that big or small, one can find a friend, or perhaps it's an admonishment to the other chicks as Peepsqueak shouts, "Friends don't just come in 2s./Real friends make room for all!" The book ends with all of the chicks gathered around Bear, who reads them a story. Olivier Dunrea's Gideon and Otto (Houghton Harcourt, 2012) also models friendship with others who are different.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
In his second outing, Peepsqueak remains the same plucky and determined chick, but this tale lacks that certain something that made the first special. At the end of Peepsqueak's eponymous "flying" adventure (2012), his eyes were fixed upon the pond, but Clark fails to take up that thread. On this particular sunny day, the baby chicks go out into the barnyard to play two by two, but poor Peepsqueak doesn't have a partner. Undaunted, he simply goes into the woods to find a buddy. Warnings from several pairs of animals do not faze him, as he chirrups his catchy refrain: "You are 2 but I am 1; / my search for a friend has just begun." The huge footprints Peepsqueak follows and the cave at the end of his search are clues as to the friend he will find and bring back to the barnyard. But Peepsqeak's triumphant proclamation--"Friends don't just come in 2s. / Real friends make room for all!"--may make readers wonder why Peepsqueak had to search for a friend--he already had six. The digitally colored artwork emphasizes the individuality of each chick, while the bright colors and adorable animals are sure to capture and hold readers' attention as they follow Peepsqueak's bouncing, dotted-line trail through the forest. The text changes type, font and color, calling readers' eyes to it, as well. While young readers will welcome Peepsqueak back, parents may miss the emphasis on hard work and practice that made him such a standout character. (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062078049
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/22/2013
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
508,082
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Leslie Ann Clark is the author of Peepsqueak! and an artist and designer who has worked on books, magazines, greeting cards, puzzles, fabric designs, and more. She lives in Colorado with her husband and her cartoon creations, who come alive in her studio and make her feel very protective and motherly.

Leslie Ann Clark is the author of Peepsqueak! and an artist and designer who has worked on books, magazines, greeting cards, puzzles, fabric designs, and more. She lives in Colorado with her husband and her cartoon creations, who come alive in her studio and make her feel very protective and motherly.

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