For two cartoon friends, patience and participation are key to making this camping trip a success.
As Peanut and Moe leave their house, Peanut wants to know if they can go swimming. “Not yet,” says Moe, who is clearly into the logistics of the adventure, in counterpoint to Peanut’s pleasure-principle–driven spontaneity. They go for a hike, do some bird-watching, and have a snack, all the while the increasingly frantic Peanut wants to get in the water. “Now?” “Now?” “Now!” Peanut asks and then demands as Moe seeks to establish camp, ready the tent and the fire, and unpack their packs. “Not yet.” “Not yet.” “Not yet!” Finally, Moe stalks off in a huff as Peanut actively if unconsciously subverts the setting-up of camp. Left alone, and aware of Moe’s frustration, Peanut gets the camp into tip-top shape. Moe sneaks back into camp and yells “NOW!” and the fun begins. Peanut’s arrangement of camp makes the après-swim a pleasure, as they are cozy in their towels, warmed by the fire, and happy to have their meal, and best of all come the s’mores. In Perry’s illustrations, Moe looks like an elongated blue marshmallow with limbs and a long, pink nose, while Peanut looks like their namesake, but with long ears.
The appealingly drawn characters and settings help make the pill of compromise go down without too much difficulty. (Picture book. 3-6)