Peep and Ducky

illus. by David Walker. 32p. Candlewick. Feb. 2013. Tr $14.99. ISBN 978-0-7636-5039-1. LC 2012942391.
PreS—Peep, a small blue bird, and Ducky, a small yellow duck, meet in the park and spend the day playing together. "Ducky runs to Peep./Peep runs to Ducky./Such good friends./Lucky, lucky, lucky." They zoom down the slide, chase each other in a game of tag, and play in a mud puddle. At lunch, there's a spilled-juice episode, followed by potty time. At the sandbox, Ducky's father and Peep's mother announce it's time to go home. The youngsters are reluctant to separate but are soon waving at each other on their way home. In the mixed-media illustrations, the two characters are consistent in size and color, and backgrounds show a pleasant park setting. Additional.—Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI
It's play-date perfection when friends Peep and Ducky meet at the park. The bird pals romp in a mud puddle, have snacks (courtesy of Ducky's poppa), take a pee break (side by side on their port-a-potties), fight over a bucket until it breaks, apologize, dig in the sand, then part ways (with only minor whining). Everything in the art is gently rounded and painted in springlike pastel colors (pale blue for Peep, pale yellow for Ducky); despite their softness, the colors fill in the chubby shapes with a comfortable solidity. Black outlines make the main characters and objects in the foreground the crisp focal point, while objects without lines quietly recede into the background. Though simple and repetitive, the rhyming text is great fun to read aloud -- a bonus for adults, who will be asked to read this multiple times, and who won't mind experiencing this idyllic play date again and again. jennifer m. brabander

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