Synopses & Reviews
Lucky, lucky, lucky! Follow two adorable friends at play in a read-aloud for the very young that trips off the tongue.
Ready, set, go! Whether youre playing pretend games (beep, beep) or flying off the slide (ka-thump), flopping into a puddle (splish, splash) or running around a tree ("Cant catch me!"), an afternoon at the park is so much better when your best buddy is there. Peep and Ducky share giggles and tickles and bumps in this sweet excursion from David Martin and David Walker.
"Martin (Let's Have a Tree Party!) covers the highs and lows of a play date in the park with this story of two young friends a tiny yellow duckling and an even tinier blue bird. The rhymed verse has a playfulness that echoes the birds' light rambunctiousness: ' Ã¢Â€Â˜Play cars,' says Peep./ Ã¢Â€Â˜Beep, beep,' says Ducky./ Ã¢Â€Â˜I'm a jeep,' says Peep./ Ã¢Â€Â˜I'm a trucky,' says Ducky.' Walker (Bears in Beds) gives the friends lumpy bodies and expressive dot eyes; loose black outlines help both the birds and certain key props (a slide, a picnic table) stand out against the soft, painterly backgrounds. There are some bumps (both literal and figurative) along the way, but nothing that some simple, earnest apologies can't fix. It's a quiet but well-observed portrait of a budding friendship including that all-too-familiar moment of truth when 'Momma says, Ã¢Â€Â˜Time...'/ And Poppa says, Ã¢Â€Â˜To go go!'/ But Ducky and Peep cry,/ Ã¢Â€Â˜No, no, no!' ' Parents ought to find it a useful model of what a successful outing among friends looks like. Ages 1 4. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
has written many books for children, including Lets Have a Tree Party!
, illustrated by John Manders; All for Pie, Pie for All
and Little Bunny and the Magic Christmas Tree
, both illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev; and Weve All Got Bellybuttons!
, illustrated by Randy Cecil. David Martin lives in Vermont.
David Walker has illustrated several childrens books, including Flip, Flap, Fly! by Phyllis Root and Bears on Chairs and Bears in Beds, both by Shirley Parenteau. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.