Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating
It’s hard not to fall in love with Peep and the ever-negative Egg. In Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching, Peep was beyond excited to get Egg to hatch and join her in a litany of fun activities–but Egg refused with a strident “I’m not hatching.” His brash refusals continue in Peep and Egg: I’m Not Trick-or-Treating, when, once again, Peep cajoles Egg to join the spooky festivities and is rebuffed at every turn.
With a stubbornness that rivals any three-year-old’s, Egg refuses to go trick-or-treating with Peep, citing many reasons why he can’t–vampires, mummies, witches, and more. Peep does her best to convince him, but Egg–despite showing sparks of interest–always finds a reason why he just can’t go. Only when Peep goes off on her own, leaving Egg behind, does Egg finally relent–and he has just as much fun as you’d expect. Even the youngest readers will be attracted to Joyce Wan’s bright, cheery illustrations, and older children will find a treasure trove of Halloween jokes to share with their friends. Parents may be hearing, “What do birds say on Halloween? Trick or tweet!” long after October 31.
Laura Gehl • Joyce Wan, Illustrator
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)