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Pip's Trip
     

Pip's Trip

by Janet Morgan Stoeke
 

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Midge, Pip, and Dot are hens. They live on Loopy Coop Farm. Every day, they watch the farmer's truck drive away. They want to know where it goes. So, one day, Pip climbs onto the truck. It starts up. Oh, no! Pip is in for a wild ride, and so are you!

With thick black lines and bright colors, Stoeke's whimsical illustrations bring the charming characters to life.

Overview

Midge, Pip, and Dot are hens. They live on Loopy Coop Farm. Every day, they watch the farmer's truck drive away. They want to know where it goes. So, one day, Pip climbs onto the truck. It starts up. Oh, no! Pip is in for a wild ride, and so are you!

With thick black lines and bright colors, Stoeke's whimsical illustrations bring the charming characters to life. The economy and humor of the text combined with a lovely message make this book a winner.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

Excerpt:
"I'll get in first," says Pip.
"Then you, Midge.
Then Dot.
Okay?"

Pip hops in first.
But Midge and Dot do not get in.

"First we have to, um . . . ask Rooster Sam," says Midge.
"Yes! Rooster Sam!" says Dot.
"He could come with us."
"We will be right back," says Midge.
"Wait there, Pip!" says Dot.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Loopy Coop Hens are back and curious about the “wide world” beyond the farm; the farmer’s red truck, though it’s loud and scary, is just the ticket. But Pip ends up alone in the truck—and it starts rumbling. Stoeke’s chapter-style headings and simple sentences give early readers sure footing while conveying the hens’ personalities and emotions, as Pip’s bravado turns to fear, pride, disappointment, and eventually contentment. As lovably oblivious—but also supportive of each other—as ever, Stoeke’s hens remain a winning trio. Ages 3–5. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
Pip, the hen, is off to see the world in this zany tale with a home-away-home again theme. Day after day Pip and her friends Midge and Dot watch as the farmer zips off in his truck. Pip dreams of going, too, but Midge and Dot are not quite so sure. One day Pip hops into the bed of the truck that always gets loud when it goes somewhere. When she urges Midge and Dot to join her they rush off get Rooster Sam's approval. Before they return, the truck gets loud and Pip is off on her adventure. But is she really? When the noise stops Pip sees that everything around her is just the same as at her farm. What she fails to realize is that the farmer had only started the truck to work on the engine and that Pip didn't see it because she was hiding her head under an old blanket in the truck bed. As Pip relates her scary account to her friends, she discovers she didn't go anywhere but that she was very brave anyway. In the long run, Pip finds that home is not so bad. This book, from the "Loopy Coup Hens" series has an easy text making it ideal for listeners and for early readers. The illustrations add to the book and closely match the text. They are simple, colorful, and humorous. This is whimsical attention-getting tale for young students of all ages.
School Library Journal
PreS—The clueless chickens from The Loopy Coop Hens (Dial, 2011) return. Spying the farm truck, Pip decides she wants to go for a ride and see the wide world; Midge and Dot aren't so sure. Pip climbs into the bed of the truck, but she doesn't reckon on the loud noise, shaking, and general scariness that occur when the truck's engine starts. She covers her eyes and endures, thinking she's moving, only to be assured by her friends when she climbs out that the truck hasn't budged at all—the farmer was only repairing the engine. She and her fellow hens sit in the stationary wheelbarrow instead, because, she explains, "everything I want to see is right here." With thick black lines and bright colors, Stoeke's whimsical illustrations bring the charming characters to life. The economy and humor of the text combined with a lovely message make this book a winner.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Three hens look at a pick-up truck and dream of flight. This title marks the return of Pip, Midge and Dot, three hens in Stoeke's long-running battery of chicken tales. They are an endearing triumvirate, if massively untutored in the ways of the world. Here, Pip gazes upon the farmer's truck and visions of going "out into the wide world" dance in her wee brain. The others are game but a bit queasy…and, frankly, that truck is awful loud. Comes the moment of truth, with Pip bounding off Midge's head into the truck bed, when Midge and Dot balk, leaving Pip alone in the truck. The truck roars to life, and Pip throws a blanket over her head and behaves like a chicken until the motor stills. She peeks out and, relieved, sees Midge and Dot. Pip struts a bit--"I was so brave"--until she is told the truck went nowhere; it was just turned on and off. Before embarrassment sneaks in, they clap Pip on the back and exclaim at her bravery anyway: She got in the truck! It was loud! Such good comrades, such unconditional love. Stoeke's sweeps of sherbet colors create a beckoning world, one broken into short chapters and simple text, which make this a bright challenge for early readers. The lack of perfection is rarely so comically gladdening. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780448481333
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/29/2014
Series:
Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,318,758
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Morgan Stoeke(www.janetstoeke.com) is the creator of the hen Minerva Louise, who has appeared in many books.

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