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THE TALE OF PIP AND SQUEAK by Kate Duke

THE TALE OF PIP AND SQUEAK

By Kate Duke (Author) , Kate Duke (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-525-47777-2
Publisher: Dutton

Duke offers a gentle lesson starring two brothers, Pip and Squeak. Pip is a painter, Squeak is a singer, and they have a typical sibling rivalry: Neither appreciates the talent of the other. They are unable to work together on anything except the big party they host once a year. This year, Squeak writes the longest song he has every written and Pip paints the largest pictures he has ever painted. With both wanting to be the star of the party, trouble ensues and the brothers make an utter mess in their freshly cleaned house. With only one day before the big party, they work together and devise a plan that will allow both to display their talents. Duke’s detailed illustrations convey the uniqueness of the brothers. Her use of ordinary household objects to create their world is captivating. Hairpins and bottle caps turn into chairs, and memo slips become window blinds; the illustrations resemble a world a child would create. A mix of watercolors and acrylics create a playful, lively environment for the reader to enjoy while learning about compromise. (Picture book. 3-7)