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Pip & Pup
Contributor(s): Yelchin, Eugene
ISBN: 1627793941     ISBN-13: 9781627793940
Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
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Product Type: School And Library
Published: April 2018

An adorable baby chick and puppy become barnyard friends in this wordless picture book from Newbery Honor author Eugene Yelchin.

Across the barnyard, Pip the chick spots a new friend to play with—Pup! But Pup isn't sure he likes how Pip plays—too rough. These two friends will weather the storm though. A bright, fun celebration of spring and friendship!


Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Chickens; Fiction.
Dogs; Fiction.
Stories without words.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Farm Animals
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Dogs
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: bl2018063516
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 11.50" W x 0.25" (0.90 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #3)
In this simple, well-paced, and funny wordless picture book about a new friendship, a just-hatched chick sets off to explore the barnyard. Pip's initial encounters are stressful—first chased by a puppy and then almost stepped on by huge cows and humans—and the little chick retreats back to the egg it hatched from, finding security inside the shell's two halves. Then rain begins to fall, complete with thunder and lightning—and Pip sees that the puppy is miserable and afraid. Compassionately, Pip tries to protect the (much larger) Pup, offering one half of the eggshell as shelter (hey, it worked for Pip!). With this bond established and the sun coming out, the two new friends play exuberantly together—too exuberantly, it transpires, as in all the excitement Pup accidentally smashes Pip's eggshell to smithereens. But Pup knows what to do: offer a tennis ball to play with. Yelchin's visual humor here is spot-on for preschoolers; his wordless storytelling is flawless; and his palette of spring colors and use of colored pencils and oil pastels on highly textured paper bring life and energy to the page. martha v. parravano Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

In this wordless barnyard comedy by Yelchin (Breaking Stalin's Nose), opening vignettes show a golden-yellow chick hatching out of a shell. Pip is already looking for a playmate when she spies Pup, a patient hound, lying under a tractor. Pip's first overture—a brisk peck on the nose—elicits a chase, and Pip takes cover in her old eggshell. During a sudden rain squall, the smaller half of the shell becomes a hat—an adorable moment—and Pip offers a shell hat to Pup, too. Things don't end well for the shell (Pup's a little clumsy), but a final spread offers a new toy. The pair's diminutive scale is underlined by the beefy tractor wheels that shelter Pup, and the snout of an inquiring cow. Colored-pencil and pastel rubbed over toothed paper produce areas of texture that give the spreads a warm feel. The casting of Pip as the comic and Pup as the straight man offers vaudeville-style humor for preschoolers. Over-the-top facial expressions make the emotions of the two characters easy to read; even the youngest can work out how they feel. Ages 4–8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Apr.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

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

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.