Peep! (Kevin Luthardt)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Peep! by Kevin Luthardt, a sweet board book about friendship and growing up.

As a little boy wanders through a park, he happens upon a hatching egg (“CRAAAACK!”), out of which emerges a tiny yellow duckling, who immediately lets loose an eager, “Peep!”. Though the boy commands the newborn creature to stay, the baby duck does not, following its new friend all the way home. Seeing how attached the boy and duckling have become, the boy’s parents allow the little one to stay. Seasons pass and the duckling grows, until the fateful day that boy and bird observe a flock of ducks flying past, and the “peeps” of the yellow duckling are suddenly replaced by a definitive, “Quack!”.

Simple yet sweet. Told primarily through pictures, with the exception of mostly monosyllabic phrases and onomatopoeia, this gentle story is a classic that has been done before but with equal affection. While parts of the narrative do feel a little rushed – for instance, more time spent establishing the boy and duckling’s bond would have been welcome – the sentimental outcome and playful button of the story leave the reader satisfied. The artwork is muted yet fits the story well, and a focus on color and expression do a great job of carrying the narrative where text does not. The length is perfect for even the youngest reader, and JJ enjoyed the repetition of sounds and the adorable duckling. A short yet charming read, and we recommend it. Baby Bookworm approved!

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)