Pip & Pup by Eugene Yelchin | SLJ Review

PreS-Gr 1 –This wordless tale of friendship sparkles with engaging action and gentle humor.

redstarYELCHIN, Eugene. Pip & Pup. illus. by Eugene Yelchin. 32p. Holt/Godwin Bks. Apr. 2018. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781627793940.

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 This review was published in the School Library Journal May 2018 issue.

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