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Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating
     

Peep and Egg: I'm Not Trick-or-Treating

by Laura Gehl, Joyce Wan (Illustrator)
 

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In the second book in a funny new series for toddlers, a reluctant chick named Egg overcomes her fears of trick-or-treating--perfect for Halloween!

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In the second book in a funny new series for toddlers, a reluctant chick named Egg overcomes her fears of trick-or-treating--perfect for Halloween!

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Publishers Weekly
08/01/2016
What’s the only thing more adorable than a Joyce Wan character? A Joyce Wan character in a Halloween costume. In this sequel to Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching, Egg might have lost his shell, but he hasn’t lost his negative attitude. His sibling, Peep, urges him to come trick-or-treating with her, but thoughts of vampires, mummies, and monsters are giving him pause (never mind that the “vampires” in question are heart-stoppingly cute costumed ducklings swimming in a pond). As in the previous book, when Peep stops trying to persuade Egg to join in the Halloween fun and leaves him to his own devices, he has a change of heart. It’s a familiar story of opening oneself up to new experiences, but Gehl’s lighthearted dialogue and Wan’s chunky, emotive graphics keep it feeling fresh. Ages 2–6. Author’s agent: Erzsi Deàk, Hen & Ink Literary Studio. Illustrator’s agent: Teresa Kietlinski, Prospect Agency. (Aug.)
From the Publisher

“Bold colors, thick lines, and strategic use of white space and panels enhance this preschool-friendly tale about overcoming fears (and receiving candy).”—The Horn Book

“Illustrations set a happy, playful tone and are bright, colorful, and friendly...The large illustrations and simple text make this a solid choice for a preschool storytime on Halloween.” —School Library Journal

“What’s the only thing more adorable than a Joyce Wan character? A Joyce Wan character in a Halloween costume..It’s a familiar story of opening oneself up to new experiences, but Gehl’s lighthearted dialogue and Wan’s chunky, emotive graphics keep it feeling fresh.” —Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Kathleen Ulrich
Peep and Egg are back! This time, the two little chicks are getting ready to go trick-or-treating. At least, one of them is. Peep is dressed in costume and ready to go, but Egg has declared she is not going. In response to every comment Peep makes about the fun they will have, Egg answers, “I’m not going trick-or-treating. It’s too scary!” Egg sees nothing fun about Halloween and all the scary creatures out there. Peep makes some jokes to get Egg to relax and feel less scared. “What is a monster’s favorite treat?” The answer: “Ice Scream!” This only reinforces Egg’s feeling that there are too many monsters, too many ghosts, and too many vampires out there. Peep finally gives up trying to convince Egg to come along and races off to have fun and gather yummy treats. Suddenly realizing she is alone, Egg grabs her costume and runs after Peep. Collecting lots of treats and spending time with a friend make Halloween delightful. The simplistic cartoon illustrations will cause giggles and smiles at the little chicks and their actions. Reviewer: Kathleen Ulrich; Ages 3 to 5.
School Library Journal
09/01/2016
PreS—This cute, not scary Halloween story opens with Peep the chick, who is dressed as a butterfly and wants to go trick-or-treating. But Egg, also a chick, is scared and hiding behind a hay bale. Peep tries to persuade Egg to come along. Text and illustrations work well together in this lighthearted adventure. Illustrations set a happy, playful tone and are bright, colorful, and friendly. For example, Peep explains that the first place to go trick-or-treating would be the pond. The illustrations show eight ducklings wearing simple costumes. They look like adorable little yellow penguins with red bow ties paddling around in the pond. But Egg says, "Vampires." Next would be the cows, who are wearing black-and-white costumes. But these welcoming cows look like mummies to Egg. Peep finally goes trick-or-treating without his friend. But when it gets dark, Egg changes his mind and runs after Peep, trying to catch up. Egg puts on a caterpillar costume and ends up having fun after all. The tale ends with the friends munching on Halloween candy in the pumpkin patch. VERDICT The large illustrations and simple text make this a solid choice for a preschool storytime on Halloween.—Robin Sofge, Alexandria Library, VA
Kirkus Reviews
2016-07-20
Peep and Egg are back, and this time big sibling Peep is trying to convince Egg to go trick-or-treating.The younger sib is having none of it. Peep tries to walk Egg through the stops they will make trick-or-treating, but each costume seen gives Egg the shivers, and the little yellow chick’s various poses and facial expressions eloquently speak of both stubbornness and fear: wings crossed, eyes wide with eyebrows raised, wings over the ears (do chicks have ears?), and eyes shut tight. But Peep doesn’t give up easily. The older chick tries jokes to loosen up Egg, but they are not enough to convince Egg to go trick-or-treating. But when Peep finally gives up and walks away, Egg is left in the dark, spooky eyes all around, and that’s enough to change Egg’s mind. Peep graciously welcomes Egg, and the two make the rounds together, as a butterfly and a caterpillar. Wan’s seemingly digital illustrations use bold black lines filled with color and only a few added details to keep the focus on the characters, who are pleasantly rounded and easily recognizable farm animals with simple line-and-oval facial features that show remarkable range of emotion. While Egg seems none the worse for it, it’s too bad Peep’s solution involved abandoning Egg. Goes down easily for those youngsters who are similarly frightened, and Peep’s corny jokes should be added to every repertoire. (Picture book. 2-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374301224
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/09/2016
Series:
Peep and Egg Series
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
2 - 6 Years

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Meet the Author

Laura Gehl is the author of several picture books, including One Big Pair of Underwear, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Laura has four children, three of whom waited to hatch until well past forty weeks. She and her family live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Joyce Wan is the author and illustrator of The Whale in My Swimming Pool, and many popular board books, including You Are My Cupcake and We Belong Together. Joyce lives in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

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