Peacock and Sketch

Magination Pr. Jan. 2022. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781433832796.
PreS-Gr 1–Peacock loves to show off his beautiful feathers to zoo visitors, and they, in turn, reward Peacock with adoration in the form of “oohs” and “ahhs” and photo ops. Not only is prancing in front of zoo visitors one of his favorite things, Peacock also enjoys seeing a little girl he calls “Sketch” drawing pictures of him. Peacock knows he is the one of the best things in the zoo, because he is the only one. However, the adoration of Sketch and the zoo visitors aren’t enough to quell Peacock’s growing desire to be famous; so he decides to take action. He soon learns that fame is everything he imagined—but only temporarily. Prabhat’s use of vibrant colors coupled with Peacock’s expressive poses amplify his proud handsomeness. Readers will note the similarities between Peacock and Mo Willems’s beloved Pigeon, while enjoying the illustrations and wisdom imparted; the lesson is further reinforced by the back matter.
VERDICT A gorgeously illustrated cautionary tale about the peaks and valleys of fame, this is a recommended purchase.

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