Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Spring 2015 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Mac Barnett
Illustrator: Jen Corace
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452110233
Hardcover Price: $16.99

In author Mac Barnett's comic take on the "telephone" game, familiar to more than one generation of campers, birds on a telephone wire can't keep the message straight when a mama pigeon asks a small bird to tell her son it's time to "fly home for dinner." The baseball-loving little bird passes it on as "Tell Peter: Hit pop flies and homers." Each bird thereafter mishears the message according to its own occupying interest (airplanes, photography, crocodiles, etc.). The message grows ever wilder, of course, until a wise old owl sorts it out. Jen Corace's watercolor and pencil illustrations humorously capture all the shenanigans happening on, above and below the telephone wire.

Lynne Heffley   ©2015 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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