ARLO ROLLED by Susan Pearson


by ; illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 7
Email this review


Arlo the pea wants to grow up to find out what he’ll be.

“At the end of the garden, / next to the berries, // lived Mary / and Gary / and Terry / and Sherry… / and Arlo.” Arlo has no desire to end up in a salad or a stir-fry, so he drops to the ground and begins an epic roll. “Past cucumbers, lettuce, a red-spotted bug— / until he bumped into a hungry gray slug.” The slug tries to eat him, but Arlo escapes and continues his roll past a hungry stink bug and out of the garden into the yard. In the yard, he evades a huge crow and a line of ants having a snack attack, eventually rolling up to a digging dog that flings Arlo through the air. Pooped, Arlo goes to sleep—and while he’s asleep, he grows. One sunny day, he wakes up to discover he’s a vine. He’s so happy he blossoms and starts the process all over. Pearson’s rhymed tale is not only good fun to read, but it’s also a great introduction to the plant life cycle. Ebbeler’s acrylic illustrations of bespectacled Arlo are a mix of full-bleed and panels, and with their vertiginous perspectives, they add extra bounce to this pea’s promenade.

Gardening goodness, just the ticket for a science storytime or cozy lap reading. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: April 8th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1477847213
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Two Lions
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2014


ChildrenLAUGH OUT LOUD by James Patterson
by James Patterson
ChildrenLIGHTS OUT SHABBAT by Sarene Shulimson
by Sarene Shulimson


ChildrenROOTING FOR YOU by Susan Hood
by Susan Hood
ChildrenSOPHIE'S SQUASH by Pat Zietlow Miller
by Pat Zietlow Miller