If you give a coo a breadcrumb....
While not a cumulative story like Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond’s picture book about a mouse and a cookie, Stutzman and Fox’s latest collaboration does function as a silly cautionary tale of sorts: When the young protagonist of color fails to heed the text’s advice and gives a coo a breadcrumb, all heck breaks loose. The titular “coos” are pigeons, and like Mo Willems’ bird, they have one-track minds. Single-mindedly intent on getting ever more crumbs after the depicted child feeds just one coo, a whole flock follows the increasingly alarmed protagonist “through the park, down the street, all the way HOME.” This kid just can’t shake those birds! Avian havoc ensues in the clean-lined, stylized cartoons and then heightens as, “to thank you for feeding them, the coos will leave poos.” If it’s true that being pooped on by a bird brings good luck, Stutzman and Fox’s protagonist accrues some serious great fortune in the next spreads, which will undoubtedly provoke laughter among readers observing the bright white splotches that dot the pages like a most unappetizing sprinkling of popcorn. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em ends up being the poor, splattered child’s tactic, until a final return visit to the park reveals someone who’s been missing the coos ever since they left.
Coo-coo storytime fun. (Picture book. 3-7)