PIP & PUP by Eugene Yelchin
Kirkus Star


by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 7
Email this review


A newly hatched chick befriends a beagle puppy in this humorous, wordless picture book set outdoors on a farm.

The baby chick, identified as Pip in the title, hatches on the first page, emerging over the course of a series of six vignettes in a progressive illustration that sets the tone for the amusing expressions on the faces of the two main characters throughout the story. Pip immediately looks for a companion and spies a beagle puppy sleeping under a tractor. What happens when a chick pecks at a sleeping dog’s nose? Pup explodes with loud barks, and Pip runs right back to safety in the empty eggshell halves. There Pip shelters during a sudden thunderstorm. Pup is afraid of the thunder, so Pip offers one half of the eggshell as a rain hat for Pup. The two characters begin to play with the shells, and friendship and morning dawn at the same time. When Pup accidentally shatters the eggshells, the dog fetches a green ball, rolling it to Pip in a friendly gesture. The concluding page is open-ended, with Pip standing next to the ball, conveying possibilities that await readers’ interpretation (or a sequel). Charmingly varied illustrations with soft, cheery colors and speckled textures display a gamut of emotions from abject loneliness to blissful companionship.

A delightful tale that invites interpretation and almost demands giggles at the antics of the expressive chick and puppy. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: April 24th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-62779-394-0
Page count: 37pp
Publisher: Godwin Books/Henry Holt
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2018


ChildrenTHE ROOSTER WHO WOULD NOT BE QUIET! by Carmen Agra Deedy
by Carmen Agra Deedy
ChildrenSPRING HARE by Eugene Yelchin
by Eugene Yelchin
ChildrenTHE HAUNTING OF FALCON HOUSE by Eugene Yelchin
by Eugene Yelchin


ChildrenSMICK by Doreen Cronin
by Doreen Cronin
ChildrenMY DOG'S A CHICKEN by Susan McElroy Montanari
by Susan McElroy Montanari
ChildrenFLUFFY AND BARON by Laura Rankin
by Laura Rankin