Pepi Sings a New Song

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Pepi the parrot is ready for a new song. So he decides to step out into the neighborhood to find some exciting things to sing about. He discovers yummy things (sprinkles! icing! dough!) at the bakery, colorful things (paint! clay! easel!) at the artist’s studio, and musical things (maracas! drums! guitar!) at the instrument shop. And then he puts them all together to create a song everyone will want to join in on. From acclaimed picture book creator Laura Ljungkvist, here is a delightful readaloud romp that ...

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Overview

Pepi the parrot is ready for a new song. So he decides to step out into the neighborhood to find some exciting things to sing about. He discovers yummy things (sprinkles! icing! dough!) at the bakery, colorful things (paint! clay! easel!) at the artist’s studio, and musical things (maracas! drums! guitar!) at the instrument shop. And then he puts them all together to create a song everyone will want to join in on. From acclaimed picture book creator Laura Ljungkvist, here is a delightful readaloud romp that celebrates community, creativity, and the fun of learning new words.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Ljungkvist’s irresistible, eye-popping illustrations—which sport a retro-style mix of funky, bright colors; flattened perspective; and minimally detailed shapes—are as fetching as they come. Chockfull, vocabulary-boosting double-page spreads show cute-as-can-be Pepi exploring the numerous objects found in a bakery, a music studio, an art studio, a market, and a dog park, with whimsical results. Ideal forone-on-one sharing with clear-cut connections to vocations, poetry, and the artistic process."—Booklist

"The digital art utilizes expanses of flat color and shaped, controlled line in elegant ways and with a distinctly Modern aesthetic...a pleasing outing."—Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Pepi loves to sing about celestial objects for his owner, who is a stargazer. When Peter tires of his parrot's single tune, the bird goes off to find new things to sing about. He visits a variety of places, including a bakery, an art studio, and a dog park, picking up 8 to 12 words at each stop. He then makes up a song that combines the disparate items and sings it to Peter, who loves it and joins in the chorus. New vocabulary words are introduced as Pepi names the items found at each location, for example, xylophone, amplifier, maracas for the music studio; umber, cobalt, magenta for the art studio, etc. Flat, static, digitally rendered modern folk-art illustrations are placed on bright, clean backgrounds of purple, orange, pink, and blue. There's not much movement in the pictures and there's not much story in the text. This title may work as a picture dictionary or as a "seek and find' (the last page asks, "Can you remember where I found all the things in our new song?"), but most children will be turned off by lists of words in place of an entertaining narrative.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
On matte pages with backgrounds of blues, purples, greens and golds, Pepi the white parrot sings his "special space song" to Peter, a star-gazing lad in a backward-facing baseball cap and a Saturn T-shirt. Pepi decides to find other things to sing about and visits Manuel's bakery, Clive's music studio, Aurora's art studio, Malcolm's market and Cynthia's dog park in search of new material. Each double-page spread of Pepi's encounter with a human is followed by a two-page splash of images with word balloons naming the objects. For Clive, it's "maracas...accordion...violin...amplifier"; for Malcolm, it's "cantaloupes...kale...apples...juicy." Finally, Pepi brings home a new song that begins, "Twinkle, twinkle, little flute, / Poodle, xylophone, cobalt, fruit," and goes on in a cheery mishmash of the new words. The digital art utilizes expanses of flat color and shaped, controlled line in elegant ways and with a distinctly Modern aesthetic. One can quibble about rhyming "telescope" with "Asterope" (properly pronounced As-TER-o-pee), but, overall, a pleasing outing. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416991380
  • Publisher: Beach Lane Books
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD520L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Ljungkvist has written and illustrated several picture books, including Pepi Sings a New Song and Follow the Line, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Laura’s dynamic artwork has been featured in The New Yorker as well as in merchandising and advertising campaigns for Barney’s, Neiman Marcus, IKEA, and MoMA. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Laura Ljungkvist has written and illustrated several picture books, including Pepi Sings a New Song and Follow the Line, which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Laura’s dynamic artwork has been featured in The New Yorker as well as in merchandising and advertising campaigns for Barney’s, Neiman Marcus, IKEA, and MoMA. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2010

    ANOTHER WINNER ! Graphic feast by award winning illustrator/designer! "Must have" fun!

    Children are inspired and delighted by the images and parents are happy to share in all the fun and learning. What a perfect gift too give and get!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2010

    brilliant color and lovable bird

    I am familiar with Laura Ljungkvist's childrens books, but Pepi is really something different. She has produced another beautiful book in terms of interesing and vibrant modern illustration, but Pepi is a real character that holds you. Pepi is a lovable adventurer and he has a fun time on his journey learning new words from an assortment of great characters. I think this is her best book yet, and Ms. Ljungkvist has really created a character that my children can love and a look that inspires.

    A Dad

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