THE LAST PEACH by Gus Gordon
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Age Range: 3 - 8
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Two motley insects contemplate eating the last peach of the season.

Gordon presents children with a timeless, rather adult dilemma: how to act in the face of irresistible temptation. Here, two thumb-shaped flylike creatures—one dressed in a Homburg hat and blue-and-white–striped body suit, the other in a red print shirt—encounter a sumptuous peach, rosy and golden as the setting sun, still on the branch, and begin to discuss its merits. “It’s the most beautiful peach I’ve seen ALL summer,” says the bug dressed in blue. “Wouldn’t you agree?” “I do agree,” responds the red-shirted friend: “In fact, it’s the most beautiful peach I’ve seen in ALL the summers.” The two quickly decide they “must eat that peach at once,” but with one page turn, a venerable praying mantis, clad in top hat and cane, stops them, warning: “You can’t eat that peach! It’s the last peach of the season.” In delightfully clever double-page spreads, the two friends then go back and forth, hilariously debating whether to devour the peach together or alone, to share it with others or to leave it entirely. Gordon’s witty, collagelike mixed-media illustrations and spare, dialogue-only text not only get at the gnarly pit of indecision—serving up provocative behavioral binaries such as impulsivity versus reflection, indulgence versus sacrifice, hoarding versus sharing—but offer a surprise ending as well.

Luscious, light, and thought-provoking: decidedly not to be missed! (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: May 21st, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-62672-350-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2019


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