Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins
Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins is a book I guarantee you little kids will love. Cousins combines subtle humor that build over the course of the story along with a virtual, visual catalog of the things that toddlers see every day of their lives. Peck, Peck, Peck begins with a father woodpecker teaching his little bird to peck a hole in a tree.
Sent off to practice, the little bird heads over to the cozy cottage nearby and gets to work. As the little bird gets more and more practice, the die-cut holes from one page make for lots of holes in the following page of rhyming text, which is also fun to track. The little bird definitely is good at what he does, but little listeners will realize that this bird is out of control. My favorite page has the little bird pecking, "a magazine, a picture of Aunt Geraldine, an armchair, a teddy bear, and a book called Jane Eyre." I'm pretty sure that Jane Eyre has not made an appearance in a picture book until Peck, Peck, Peck!
Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins is witty and charming, bright and bursting with things kids will want to point out, not to mention holes in the pages that are the perfect size for little fingers to poke through! I would recommend any of Lucy Cousin's books, but especially Peck, Peck, Peck as a gift the next time you are headed to a baby shower. While everyone else is bringing Goodnight Moon, you'll show up with a unique book that will be read over and over and be remembered for a long time.
Source: Review Copy