Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
A chipmunk searches for someone to sing along with her in this sweet and funny celebration of true friendship, featuring art by New York Times bestselling illustrator Scott Magoon.
Chipmunk spends her days sitting on her rock and chirping her song—sometimes it’s happy, sometimes it’s bittersweet, and sometimes it’s very sad indeed. When Chipmunk goes off to find a companion that will sing along with her, she encounters some bumps (and pine cones) along the way, and finds friends (and harmonies) in unexpected places.
About: Chirp! is a children’s picture book written by Jamie A. Swenson and illustrated by Scott Magoon. It will be published on 7/13/2021 by Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, paperback, 40 pages. The genres are picture book, children’s fiction, and animals. This book is intended for readers ages 4 to 8, grades P to 3. According to the publisher’s website, “Paula Wiseman Books is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing that, since 2003, has published many award-winning and bestselling books, including picture books, novelty books, and fiction and nonfiction. The imprint focuses on stories and art that are childlike, timeless, innovative, and represent many cultures and varied voices.” Please see below for more info about the author, illustrator, and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Chirp! for my 22 months old daughter on 6/10/2021 as a story time and we finished it in one sitting. A wonderful book! A chipmunk living a lonely life alone with only her songs and a rock for company. This concept can be related to many readers who have a hard time making friends. I liked that she was brave enough to go seek for new friends when she decided that she wanted a new friend to sing with. It’s good that the author showed readers that what we wanted don’t always come easy. Chipmunk wanted a friend but the friends she found weren’t the ones she looked for. And that might be a reminder for kids to pick through who they can be friends with, bullies versus nice people.
This book started with chipmunk who lived on a rock. She loved to sing and her songs were happy, bittersweet, and sad. Her rock was a good listener but she wanted a friend to sing with. She went out to search for a friend but found friends for her rock instead. Luckily, an unexpected someone, a raccoon, came to help chipmunk tug away rock’s new friend. They became friends. Both of them couldn’t pull this new friend back to rock and they sang their song together with frustration. Then along came…
Chirp! is a cute book about wanting friends and finding friends where you least expected it. I just loved the illustrations! The page with all three animals trying to pull the log was funny! Their poses were so cute and hilarious! I like that the animals didn’t give up and just said let’s find something else. They continue to try and try again. It’s good for little readers to see that if these animals can try and try again and eventually succeed then maybe they can too. An excellent book with good influence for kids and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: animals, friends, don’t give up, picture book, illustrations, humor
About the Author and Illustrator:
Jamie A. Swenson is the author of If You Were a Dog, illustrated by Chris Raschka, which HuffPost called “one of the best read-aloud books of the year.” Kirkus Reviews called Big Rig, illustrated by Ned Young, “a friend [readers] won’t soon forget.” Jamie is also the author of the Woof & Quack early reader series, which Kirkus Reviews called “just as much fun” as Elephant & Piggie. She holds an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults from Hamline University, and works as an associate librarian and early literary specialist. She lives in Wisconsin with her family. Learn more at JamieASwenson.com. (Photo obtained from the author’s website and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website. Book photos obtained from Edelweiss).
Scott Magoon has illustrated many critically-acclaimed picture books, including the New York Timesbestselling Rescue & Jessica by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes, which also received a Schneider Family Book Award, Straw by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and Misunderstood Shark by Ame Dyckman. He is the author-illustrator of Breathe, which was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Read Aloud and a Best Book of the Year by the HuffPost and Chicago Public Library. Scott lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons. Visit him online at ScottMagoon.com. (Photo and info obtained from Simon & Schuster’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.