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Pip and Squeak

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Pip & Squeak are going to a party.

Far from home, Squeak sees that Pip has left their gift behind. Oh, no! Squeak is mad. Pip is in a pickle. They are late already, and deep snow is everywhere! How will Pip and Squeak ever find the perfect present for their friend Gus?

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Overview

Pip & Squeak are going to a party.

Far from home, Squeak sees that Pip has left their gift behind. Oh, no! Squeak is mad. Pip is in a pickle. They are late already, and deep snow is everywhere! How will Pip and Squeak ever find the perfect present for their friend Gus?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A pun on pipsqueak and unusual visual landscapes punctuate Schoenherr's (Sleepyhead Bear) tale of the two title mice en route to a birthday party. The text is minimal. "Step on it, Pip!" says Squeak, as they ride a sled fashioned from a letter. "Lickety-split!" Squeak urges as they walk a clothesline like aerial stars in a circus. When Pip forgets their present of a beautifully wrapped piece of cheese (pictured on the opening spread), Squeak scorns the replacement presents Pip finds along the way. While some of the details in Schoenherr's full-bleed eye-catching ink and acrylic paintings may require information beyond the ken of many youngsters, adults will get a kick out of them. As the text announces "But then Squeak squinted at Pip," for instance, the two mice leap through a hoop held by a jockey lawn ornament. While visually arresting, the various lawn decorations the mice encounter—including pink flamingoes and a sleeping garden gnome—seem to appear as if by magic from the snow, and may require some explanation for youngest readers. From afar, the mice eventually mistake a snowman's orange carrot nose for cheese; they bring it along even though they fear their new present will not be welcome. But the birthday boy (a rabbit) thinks their carrot gift is "perfect." The punchline will be appreciated by readers of all ages. Ages 2-5. (Feb.)

Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Children's Literature - Melissa A. Brown
Pip and Squeak are two mice who go off through the snow to their friend Gus's birthday party. They sled through the snow on an envelope, tightrope walk across a clothesline, jump through the hoop of a statue. Soon they realize that they have forgotten the gift, and instead of heading back, they keep an eye out for something else they can give Gus. Rejected ideas include yard flamingos, a birdhouse, and a sleeping yard gnome (none of which are cheese). Finally Pip spots the perfect gift—big and orange; it must be cheese. They climb the snowman to retrieve it only to discover it's not cheese after all, but a carrot. Out of time and ideas, the friends decide to give the carrot to Gus anyway. Gus the birthday bunny loves it. The illustrations are large, clean, and detailed.
Children's Literature - Barbara Troisi
Meet field mice Pip and his take-charge sister Squeak whose cozy abode happens to be a U.S. postal box amidst letters and parcels. There is a sense of mystery beginning on the title page as Squeak busily ties a red ribbon about a cheese wedge while Pip snoozes. It is late and time to scurry off to Gus's birthday party. An overnight snowstorm has blanketed the earth and changed the entire landscape, but that does not deter the mice as they push open the hinged door, sled down a snowdrift aboard an envelope, and tight-rope lickety-split across the clothesline. Unfortunately, in haste, Pip fails to bring along the wrapped gift. She is fuming and he is upset, but he vows to find "something better" along the way. The usual familiar path to the party finds the siblings scurrying instead amongst the "buried in snow" yard decor—lawn jockey, pink flamingos, green birdhouse, sleeping gnome, and giant snowman. Suddenly Pip stops short when he spies something big and orange on the man of snow. Wow! It is a giant hunk of cheese. In reality it is a carrot and the perfect birthday gift for a rabbit named Gus. The full-color art depicting the charming characters and double-page white snow and blue sky backgrounds are created with permanent ink and acrylic paint on watercolor paper. The appealing cover with its bold red title and mice antics aboard the snowman invites a captive audience. Once inside, brief sentences grace each page, allowing the reader to delight in the details projected through the enchanting facial expressions and exploits of the mice out and about in the snowy scenes. This delightful winter adventure filled with warmth and charm is perfect for sharing with toddlers. The fate ofcheese wedge? Find it on the very last page!
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1
Squeak reminds her friend Pip not to forget Gus's birthday present as the two mice rush to his party. But there's freshly fallen snow and an exciting ride on an envelope-turned-sled, and the cheese is forgotten. With no time to turn back, Pip tries to find a substitute, each of which is rejected by his companion. Then he spots something big and orange on the face of a snowman. Surely it must be cheese? At this point, children will be shouting out that it's a carrot, not cheese, and will share in Squeak's concern when Pip falls into the snow. The mouse lands safely, and the two proceed to the festivities with the new gift. The party scene, with charming details of acorn-top cups and bottle-cap hats, delivers the surprise that the birthday boy is a rabbit, making a carrot the perfect present after all. The spare, uncluttered images will make easy viewing for storytimes, although the intended humor of the large gnome, flamingo, and other lawn statuary that populate the snowy pages may be lost on young children. An appealing if not essential pick.
—Susan MoorheadCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
This appealing picture book profiles the winter journey of mice Pip and Squeak, as they go from their home in a mailbox through a rural landscape buried under snow, to the birthday celebration of their forest friend, Gus. The briskly succinct text manages to hold its own with alliteration, repetition and even a touch of wordplay. But as with many books for the very young, the bright pictures do much of the heavy lifting. The action-packed, mixed-media paintings are big and bold, with a nimble handling of color, texture, perspective and momentum. The lap set will delight in the escapades of the intrepid rodents as they traipse like trapeze artists across a clothesline and scale a snowman as if it were Mount Everest. One minute, kids will feel superior to Pip, who mistakes the snowman's carrot nose for cheese; the next, they will hold their breath as the little fellow tumbles off the side of the snowman. Rest assured: This soon-to-be popular offering ends on a happy-albeit surprising-note. (Picture book. 1-4)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060872533
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,397,363
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Schoenherr grew up near Locktown, New Jersey. He has written and illustrated three books—Read It, Don't Eat It!; Cat & Mouse; and Pip & Squeak—and illustrated numerous books by other authors, including Little Raccoon's Big Question, by Miriam Schlein. The artist lives in Woodside, New York.

Ian Schoenherr grew up near Locktown, New Jersey. He has written and illustrated three books—Read It, Don't Eat It!; Cat & Mouse; and Pip & Squeak—and illustrated numerous books by other authors, including Little Raccoon's Big Question, by Miriam Schlein. The artist lives in Woodside, New York.

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