Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks
Olive & Pekoe: In Four Short Walks
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Annotation: A funny and engaging story about two dogs one old and tiny and wise; one young and huge and boisterous told in four short chapters by Jacky Davis, the bestselling author of the Ladybug Girl series.
Catalog Number: #173109
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Illustrator: Potter, Giselle,
Pages: 34 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-06-257310-1
ISBN 13: 978-0-06-257310-0
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018006880
Dimensions: 28 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
Davis (the Ladybug Girl series) and Potter (Independence Cake) celebrate a canine pair-s differences through four stories in this quiet picture book. Pekoe is a lolloping pup with boundless energy; Olive, Pekoe-s elderly dog friend, plods along behind him. The two walk a familiar path in the woods (-Pekoe adores playing with sticks... Olive prefers resting in the mud and grass-), get caught in a storm, meet a chipmunk (-Olive is not impressed.... Pekoe can-t believe how great it is that the world has chipmunks in it!-), and confront a mean bully at the dog park. In her characteristic paint-and-colored-pencil style, Potter pairs Pekoe-s frenetic leaps with Olive-s sedate poise, showing the two against the vibrant greens and chestnuts of woods, a yard, and a park. Pekoe-s youthful enthusiasm (-Pekoe cannot wait to meet another chipmunk-) and Olive-s hard-won wisdom (-Olive knows that there are many more chipmunks in the forest-) are equally beguiling. Despite their differences, they are loyal friends, focused on what-s most important: -It-s time for a snack!- The tales make for calming bedtime readalouds, all with the same peaceable message: dogs (and people) are who they are, no apologies necessary. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
Olive and Pekoe are very different dogs, but they are the best of friends.The friendship between Olive, an old, small dog, and Pekoe, a lively, large puppy, is presented in four vignettes of the walks the two dogs take together. Illustrator Potter's impressively expressive naïve-style watercolor, ink, and colored-pencil illustrations perfectly nuance author Davis' witty text. In "Walk One," Olive and Pekoe explore the woods, where "Pekoe adores playing with sticks" while "Olive prefers resting in the mud and grass." The friendship theme is humorously underscored when Pekoe brings Olive a "good stick," which Olive "just looks at…but she appreciates the gesture." "Walk Two" finds the duo unhappily caught in a thunderstorm—and here, Potter's illustrations relay atmosphere and dog expression with striking sophistication given their inherent simplicity. "Walk Three" features chipmunks, and "Walk Four," a canine bully. Each story contrasts, with a light, dryly humorous touch, the behavior of the elder, experienced Olive and the younger, enthusiastic Pekoe; and in each the theme of friendship is presented in a fresh, nonsaccharine way. Davis uses large words to convey the feelings of Olive ("Olive isn't overly concerned about the chipmunk's whereabouts"), but it fits the droll tone. The layout is consistent, presenting a full-page illustration opposite a page of text from spread to spread—until the final page, where the words and illustration are presented together; this clever design visually and textually summarizes the story's theme of friendship's togetherness.A delight. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2

A funny and engaging story about two dogs—one old and tiny and wise; one young and huge and boisterous—told in four short chapters by Jacky Davis, the bestselling author of the Ladybug Girl series.

A perfect choice for emerging readers, fans of Dav Pilkey’s Big Dog and Little Dog, and dog people everywhere!

Olive and Pekoe are best friends. Olive is an older dog who likes to take her time; Pekoe is a bouncy puppy with a nose for exploration. Together they make the perfect team. Pekoe fetches sticks for Olive, and Olive protects Pekoe from bigger, meaner dogs. They go on walks, encounter a chipmunk, and get caught in a rainstorm, among other adventures. Their escapades may be small but are nevertheless filled with excitement and love.

In four short and easy-to-read chapters (or walks), New York Times–bestselling author Jacky Davis explores the nature of friendship in all its humor and drama. Giselle Potter’s lively and engaging watercolors are the perfect match to the story.

Ideal for emerging readers, fans of Kelly DiPucchio’s Gaston, and anyone who loves dogs of all shapes and sizes!

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