WOODPECKER WHAM! by April Pulley Sayre

WOODPECKER WHAM!

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 8
Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

With bouncy verse and colorful illustrations, an experienced picture-book team introduces a familiar bird.

Focusing on six woodpecker species common in eastern deciduous forests—downy, red-bellied, red-headed and pileated woodpeckers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers and northern flickers—Sayre describes typical behaviors: shredding, carving, drilling, messaging, feeding, cleaning, courting, hiding, nesting, nurturing and storing food. She even mentions their useful seed-enriched droppings. Each page or spread includes a well-rhymed and rhythmic quatrain set on an illustration showing the action described. Repetitive onomatopoeic sounds such as “CHOP, CHIP, CHOP!” and “BONK-BONK-BONK” combine with plentiful alliteration to make the simple verses come alive. Each species is recognizable in Jenkins’ cut-and-torn–paper collages by its head markings (but not so clearly from the striped and spotted bodies). The birds are shown in their usual habitat over four seasons, sometimes up close and sometimes from a middle distance. A particularly appealing image shows a flicker gorging on cherries, its head and upper body stained with the juice. The pictured birds are identified in thumbnail illustrations included in the extensive backmatter for older readers and adults: six pages of description of the woodpecker world which amplify the read-aloud text.

Attractive and surprisingly informative, this should join the duo’s Eat Like a Bear (2013) on every preschool and primary nature shelf. (Informational picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: May 12th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-8050-8842-7
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15th, 2015




MORE BY APRIL PULLEY SAYRE

ChildrenSQUIRRELS LEAP, SQUIRRELS SLEEP by April Pulley Sayre
by April Pulley Sayre
ChildrenBEST IN SNOW by April Pulley Sayre
by April Pulley Sayre
ChildrenTHE SLOWEST BOOK EVER by April Pulley Sayre
by April Pulley Sayre

MORE BY STEVE JENKINS

ChildrenSQUIRRELS LEAP, SQUIRRELS SLEEP by April Pulley Sayre
by April Pulley Sayre
ChildrenANIMALS BY THE NUMBERS by Steve Jenkins
by Steve Jenkins
ChildrenFLYING FROGS AND WALKING FISH by Steve Jenkins
by Steve Jenkins

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

ChildrenAS THE CROW FLIES by Sheila Keenan
by Sheila Keenan
ChildrenSPIT & STICKS by Marilyn Grohoske Evans
by Marilyn Grohoske Evans
ChildrenTHE LONG, LONG JOURNEY by Sandra Markle
by Sandra Markle