Clark’s debut introduces readers to a plucky little chick whose determination helps him achieve his dream, no matter how impossible it might seem.
From the moment he hatches, sporting a bright red shirt emblazoned with “P.S.,” Peepsqueak shows his individuality. While the other chicks take their time hatching, “[h]e was on the move!” His dreams set him apart, as well: He wants to fly more than anything. The farm animals all tell him he can’t, but that doesn’t stop him from trying. He launches himself off a stone wall, off a hill, even off a tower of other chicks. He spends all day jumping…and falling. But all this practice is not for naught—Old Gray Goose rewards Peepsqueak’s perseverance with a flight on his back, and the farm animals celebrate his ersatz success at finally flying. But Peepsqueak barely registers their congratulations; he is on the move again and this time his sights are set on the pond…. Young listeners are sure to add their own enthusiasm to readings as they join in on the many phrases that repeat throughout. Clark’s digitally colored tableaux make the most of the “flying” Peepsqueak and his soft grass landings. The other chicks express their own personalities with glasses, ties, hair ribbons and other accessories.
Hard work, determination and practice do have their benefits; readers will hope to see Peepsqueak demonstrate this again in future outings. (Picture book. 2-5)