|Pip & Pup|
Author: Yelchin, Eugene
An adorable baby chick and puppy become barnyard friends in this wordless picture book.
Kirkus Reviews (+) (03/01/18)
School Library Journal (+) (05/01/18)
The Hornbook (00/05/18)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 03/15/2018 Barnyard living makes for strange bedfellows, as Pip the chick and Pup the dog discover to their ultimate satisfaction in this wordless picture book. Pip struggles humorously as he hatches from his egg, revealing his feisty, determined character. When he spies a puppy asleep under the tractor, he is all over him—pecking Pup on the nose to awaken him for playtime. At the first bark, Pip dashes away, startling a wide-eyed goat and bewildered cow. Undaunted, Pip cowers in his broken eggshell during a rainstorm and then cleverly turns the bottom into a boat and the top into a rain hat, paddling through puddles to seek out the reluctant Pup once again. When he offers his top eggshell to Pup, the friendship is cemented. Children will delight in the whimsical pictures of the resilient and clever chick, discouraged by no obstacle. Yelchin’s quirky illustrations in pastel colors and graphite are delightful. His characters’ expressive faces and bodies create a story which needs no words to convey their lively friendship. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 05/01/2018 PreS-Gr 1—This wordless tale of friendship sparkles with engaging action and gentle humor. Pip, a bright-eyed chick, wiggles and scoots out of a just-cracked shell, emerging to survey the barnyard. Spying Pup peacefully snoozing under a tractor, Pip heads over and pecks the pooch on the nose. An exuberant chase ensues, with Pip running hither and yon before finding refuge back inside the bottom half of the shell. When a storm rolls in, the clever chick uses the other half as a rain hat, and eventually shares the shell with Pup, who is once again huddled beneath the tractor trying to stay dry. As the clouds clear and the sun emerges, the two play a merry game, with Pup placing the halves on head, tail, and nose, until the shell, alas, is accidentally crushed. Never fear, Pup is more than willing to share a bright green tennis ball, and the two friends are ready for more fun. The collage artwork, rich with springtime hues and eye-pleasing textures, vividly depicts the action, and dynamic lines and expressive details create strong characterizations for the protagonists. VERDICT Kids will enjoy poring over the pictures for visual clues, interpreting the events, and imagining future adventures for this appealing duo.—Joy Fleishhacker, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.