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Peck, Peck, Peck

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  846 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Comical and original, this vivacious picture book from the creator of Maisy features a lovable new character — and a novelty element that’s a hole lot of fun.

Today my daddy said to me,
"It’s time you learned to peck a tree."

Little woodpecker has just learned to peck. Yippee! He’s having so much fun that he peck-peck-pecks right through a door and has a go at everything on t
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jason Koivu
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
* * *Read and Reviewed by Me & My Niece Emma* * *

A daddy red-headed woodpecker sends his son into the world to peck holes in things and boy howdy, that little bird is one hell of a pecker!

The moment I saw this sitting on the library shelf, I knew we'd be reading it. You see, Emma is a first class sucker for any book with holes in it.

Peck, Peck, Peck just might be the book that busts that proclivity. It was nothing but page after page of a woodpecker pecking holes in various objects. At the
Anyone who works or lives with young children will appreciate the humor of this book. When young children first learn to do something they do it over and over and over again, which is exactly what happens in this book. I think young children will find this book very enjoyable, especially pointing out the 'holes' that the young bird pecks in the pages. Finally, the young bird exhausts himself and heads home. I had to laugh at this just because I can see an exhausted parent following a young child ...more
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Maybe the very youngest children will giggle. But if it's aimed at them, it should be a sturdy board book. And I don't know why the dad is praising the youngster for being destructive - even if they don't care about people's belongings, they should care about the tree that the youngster drilled right through!

Maybe it seems like I'm being overly harsh. But the way I see it, every new and shiny book has to earn its place on the shelf. Book-buyers have limited budgets, and libraries have limited sp
Sherry Ellis
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Daddy Woodpecker teaches Baby Woodpecker to peck, Baby Woodpecker has so much fun, he doesn't know when to stop. The result is a lot of "pecked' holes that go right through the book's pages.

The story is cute and entertaining. The illustrations, done in primary colors, are bold and eye-catching. And of course, children will get a kick out of putting their fingers through the hoes. Peck, Peck, Peck is a fun book to share with children ages 3-7.
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Daddy woodpecker tells his child it's time to learn how to peck. They start out learning to peck a tree. Then Daddy woodpecker sends baby woodpecker off to practice pecking. Baby woodpecker pecks a hole in the gate and in the blue door. He pecks almost everything on the other side of the blue door too. Soon there are holes all over the objects inside of the house. Baby bird is having so much fun. Soon it is time for him to go home. Daddy woodpecker is proud of baby. He tucks his exhausted little ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First sentence: Today my daddy said to me, "It's time you learned to peck a tree." "Now hold on tight. That's very good. Then peck, peck, peck, peck, peck the wood." Peck peck peck.

Premise/plot: A young woodpecker experiences the joy of pecking for the first time. Not satisfied pecking trees or wooden things, our bird hero has a blast pecking everything.

My thoughts: This book was satisfying to read. Joy can be contagious. It was fun to see what he would peck, peck, peck next. His pecking was a
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
A father woodpecker teaches his baby how to peck a hole in a tree. The youngster is thrilled and papa is so proud that he sends the little bird off to practice hard and have fun.

Well, thanks for the guidelines, Dad, because this little woodpecker proceeds to peck holes in the gate, the door, clothes, a tennis racket, the sofa, a teddy bear, and even the toilet. He pecks holes until there is not a single thing left hole-less. Then he flies back to his father, tells him, "I absolutely love, love,
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
The bright colors are great, and the teaching of what certain objects are called, but pecking things that shouldn't be pecked just because you're enjoying all that pecking is not the best lesson for neither children nor adults.
Destiny Dawn Long
We loved this one. It's a fun, silly story about a little woodpecker whose father is teaching him how to peck. The little woodpecker goes out into the world and pecks everything in sight. And then he tells his father how much he loves to peck.

The story is complemented by little die-cut "peck" holes in the pages, which are sure to delight toddlers. I know that mine loved them. She touched all the different holes. She also liked identifying the different objects that had been pecked.

I had a lot
Tyler Jones
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baby-books
Lucy Cousins, with her bright, primary colours and simple, cheerful illustrations, is a great writer for the 16 month to 30 month crowd. This one is particularly great because it will engage the small ones who will want to point at every different thing our little woodpecker hero pecks a hole through. Which is a lot. Cousins appreciates that parents might have to read this over and over, so makes it silly enough so adults won't tire too quickly - and even puts a Charlotte Bronte reference in the ...more
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
A book for toddlers. A young woodpecker learns to peck, and proceeds to peck holes in everything in a neighboring house, but there is no consideration that the woodpecker is not where he belongs and is ruining other people's belongings. The pages are die cut and the holes make sense on the right side do the page, but on the reverse the holes are just holes that the words avoid. It is cute, but I am not sure why it got starred reviews.
Katie Fitzgerald
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book has good intentions that don't quite pan out. The rhythm is just a little bit off, and the story doesn't really come to any conclusion about the little bird's silly pecking of everything in sight. It's visually appealing, and reminiscent of Cousins's Maisy books, so kids will love it, but I'd hesitate before taking it to story time because it's not as easy to read aloud as it looks.
Becky Loader
Dec 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was thoroughly charmed by the two woodpeckers who populate the pages of this story. Sweet, sweet, sweet. Kiss, kiss, kiss.
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a cute, creative way to use a book. A woodpecker practices on everything in the house!
Seth Thomas Miller MD
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young toddlers
Shelves: jillien
tl;dr - A fun, whimsical, and inventive book that is wonderful for toddlers.
My 22 month old loves this. She has requested it often enough ("Want to read again please?") that she can now 'read' the entire book to me and my wife. She excitedly points out what the woodpecker has pecked holes into ("He pecked a hole in the sink!") and is astonished by how active this little bird has been ("So many holes!"). The character and his activities have carried over into everyday events: She giggles whe
Charlotte Burn
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My 10 month old loves this book. The bright colours, the holes, the repetition, the rhythm. He turns the pages himself. The little woodpecker learns a new skill, goes off to practice it and comes home tired, but happy, unaware that he has made holes in lots of things he shouldn't have. His Daddy didn't realise that he'd strayed from the trees, so praises up his efforts. We read this book every night and as the Daddy woodpecker says, "Good night, sleep tight. I love love love love LOVE you" and k ...more
Sunah Chung
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Little woodpecker learned wood pecking and started to peck everything around it.

It was fun to read about the little woodpecker becoming obsessed over the action of pecking without a purpose of wood pecking like searching for insects and a nesting site. The recursive patterns of sentences would be helpful for young readers to learn a language. However, I wish the author wrote the content to make more sense at some degrees. Moreover, die cutting techniques were used clumsily in this picture boo
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
My 4yo adores this book for the bright, bold, simple illustrations, the cute story of a baby woodpecker sent out to peck a tree by Daddy and all the silliness that ensues when the baby proceeds to peck (actual holes in the book pages) into trees, gates, doors and EVERYTHING in a human’s home until she tires out and returns to her nest and father.

We have read this book at least twice a day for the last ten days and it’s still fresh and fun.
Laura (booksnob)
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, children-s-book
Super adorable board book for toddlers. Full of holes that baby bird is learning to peck.
Sure to keep them busy counting and learning the names of items in the home. I gave this to my Godson for Christmas.
Adam Honeybun
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a hit with my 2 year old. We had it for a fortnight from the library and it was read every night.

Lovely repetition and he could join in on the action (pecking) the holes in the book.
Richelle Rininger
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-goal, kids
My kids found this book funny. The little woodpecker pecks everything.
Teresa Gross
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My son loves this book. It's really fun to read. And this is great for kids who have speech needs.
Ariel Pritts
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great flow, and easy to read night after night after night after night after night.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holes are everywhere as a small woodpecker gets carried away with his pecking practice. Bright colors add to the fun.
Jenna Mills
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this before when Little was tiny, and she didn't really get it. Now she does and enjoys the holes too. The last line doesn't seem to flow as well as the rest of the book.
Jennifer Covington
Feb 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
Cute but very simple.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Lots of holes, weird read.
Karla Winick-Ford
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Jane Eyre... that was an interesting twist in the narrative
LOTS of rich sophisticated language
LOVE the ending.... love,love, love it :)
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, children-s
It's got that "Very Hungry Caterpillar" feel, but sillier.
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Lucy Cousins, BA Honours in Graphic Design from The Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Brighton Polytechnic, postgraduate degree from Royal College of Art, is an author-illustrator of children's books. She is best known for her books featuring Maisy Mouse but she has also published other children's books including one about Noah's Ark. She is a mother of four and lives in Hampshire, England. Her ow ...more