Here's Little Puffin, minding his own business and enjoying a walk when a trio of impish gull chicks turn up and start mimicking his every move.
How can he stop Small Gull, Tiny Gull and Baby Gull from annoying him? He tries to scare them and outrun them before he finally tries to turn the tables on them by sitting very still. The little ones eventually fidget from boredom and walk away. But when Little Puffin moves on, it starts all over again. The creator of the Baby Owl books (I'm Not Scared!, 2007, etc.), captures both the playful spirit and the exasperation of this familiar game with clean, bold lines and clear colors against a white background. The game begins on the cover with "Don't Copy Me!" in large, fire-engine–red letters echoed by soft shading. There's a stern, no-nonsense look on Little Puffin's face as he towers over the little gulls, whose eager expressions show just how unperturbed they are. There's plenty of humor in the pacing of the predictable text, uncluttered pages and Allen's appealingly fluffy, wide-eyed birds.
Young children acquainted with the pleasure of conspiring to annoy an older child and those who've suffered the indignity of being made fun of will enjoy seeing just who outsmarts whom. (Picture book. 3-6)