HAP-PEA ALL YEAR by Keith Baker


From the "Peas" series
by Keith Baker, illustrated by Keith Baker
Age Range: 2 - 8
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Having conquered the alphabet (LMNO Peas, 2010), numbers (1-2-3 Peas, 2012), and colors (Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors, 2014), Baker’s goofy spherical seeds return to revel in the seasons and holidays in this book of months.

“Hap-pea January! Let’s get going. / Grab your mittens—hooray, it’s snowing!” With this jubilant declaration, Baker’s green veggies make merry in a snowy landscape, skiing with abandon, tobogganing by fours, and casting snowballs at one another. In the middle of this jamboree, a giant “January”—its letters colored in cool blues and purples—dominates the double-page spread. One conspicuous pea holding a “1” stands amid all the action. This particular legume acts as a guide of sorts, counting out the months as its round comrades partake in every seasonal change and holiday celebration. Each double-page spread hosts a month, from January to December, with bright and colorful digital artwork. Naturally, the big festive days make an appearance: Valentine’s Day in February, Halloween in October. Baker also includes the end and beginning of the school year (June and September, respectively), casting summer as a joyous paradise. The rhyming text is relaxed and sparse, conjuring up a lighthearted tone that matches the peas’ humorous antics. (A shoutout to LMNO Peas in June elicits a hearty chuckle.)

An infectious, pea-sized romp. (Picture book. 2-8)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-4814-5854-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2016


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