Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins

Peck Peck Peck

Written by Lucy Cousins

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   
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One of our Books of the Year 2014 Brilliant Lucy Cousins has created a fabulous new book which is full of holes! The young woodpecker is taught to peck by its father. The only trouble is…once it has learnt to peck a hole, it just can’t stop! There are holes in everything and young readers will love to explore them with their little fingers while they laugh at the ridiculous places the woodpecker has pecked. ~ Julia Eccleshare


Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins

A hole lot of fun! Today my daddy said to me, It's time you learnt to peck a tree. Little Woodpecker has just learnt how to peck and - ooh! yippee! - what fun it is! Off he goes, on his first big pecking adventure, and he peck, peck, pecks his little heart out. He pecks the hat and then the mat, the tennis racket AND the jacket...just LOOK at all the holes he has made!

Comical, contemporary and original! A stunning new picture book title from Lucy Cousins, with colour so exuberant it leaps right off the page. Lucy Cousins introduces readers to a brand new character - a joyous and enthusiastic little woodpecker who simply LOVES to peck and is happily encouraged to peck, peck, peck as much as he can! With a bouncy, read-aloud text, beautifully bold illustrations and pages die-cut with lots of little holes, now in paperback this book belongs in all collections!


This is a fun read for parents and children Recommended Reads Comical and original, this vivacious picture book from the creator of Maisy features a lovable new character goodreads There are domestic objects and primary colours to point at and identify, to increase vocabulary; and intentionally loose use of rhyme and repetition, which hypnotise small children. There is the reassurance of parental love, an involved father, the humour and the thrill of the naughtiness of destroying things, the truth about toddlers that they will do things obsessively, and the lesson that learning takes practice. Riches. -- Nicolette Jones The Sunday Times

About the Author

Lucy Cousins

Lucy Cousins was born in 1964, attending a school in Kent. After doing a foundation course at Canterbury College, Lucy did a BA Honours in Graphic Design, followed by a postgraduate degree at the Royal College of Art.

Lucy finds that illustration comes more easily to her than writing, which tends to work around the drawings. "I draw by heart," she says. "I think about what children would like by going back to my own childlike instincts." And what instincts they are! Lucy now has more than 12 million books in print, including picture books, sticker books, cloth books, colouring books, board books, pull-the-tab and lift-the-flap books, three-dimensional play sets, a clock book... Where does the prolific Lucy - a mother of four children - find the energy? "I'm quite disciplined," she says of her productivity. "If I'm having an 'ideas' day, I just sit at my desk and draw and write until I feel something is happening - though I admit that this is usually helped by a cup of tea, some lively music, and an abundance of sunshine." As for outside inspiration, she says she's sometimes influenced by the work of other artists, as long as those artists are children. Says the author-illustrator, "I get more pleasure and inspiration from walking around a primary school than from any art gallery."

Click here to visit the special Maisy website full of activities and games.

Here's a video of Lucy creating artwork for the Maisy books:

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 3


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th August 2014




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