Don't Copy Me!

Don't Copy Me! illus. by author. 32p. Boxer Bks., dist. by Sterling. 2012. Tr $16.95. ISBN 978-1-907967-20-7.
RedReviewStarK-Gr 1—Little Puffin just wants to enjoy his walk in the fresh air, but he doesn't seem to be able to escape three young gull chicks bent on copying everything he does. First he tries scaring them away, then outrunning them, but to no avail. The three persistent chicks continue to mimic his every move. Finally, Little Puffin has an idea. He decides to sit very, very still so the chicks will have nothing to copy. The plan works, and soon the little gulls grow bored and wander off. But they don't go far, and just as Little Puffin thinks he is free to enjoy a nice, quiet walk, his unwelcome company looms right around the corner. The whimsical, digitally created illustrations are appealing and expressive, and complement the text quite well. Youngsters will get a kick out of the gull chicks' antics, especially Baby Gull, who can't quite keep pace with the others.—Debbie Lewis, Alachua County Library District, FL

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