‘Peedie’ Book Review

Peedie is a small, yellow gosling who sometimes forgets things. However, he never forgets to wear his lucky red baseball cap — until one day when he puts his hat in a secret hiding place. Will Peedie ever find his favorite red cap again?

My daughter and I first met the goslings of the Gossie & Friends series by Olivier Dunrea last summer during our toddler summer reading program. As a duck aficionado, my daughter instantly fell in love with the little goslings, which she considers close enough to ducks. I also fell in love with the series. Peedie is no exception. Who could not love a little, yellow gosling who sometimes forgets things including the hiding place of his favorite baseball cap?

Like the other Gossie & Friends books, Peedie features a simple storyline. The language is repetitive but never boring. Repetitiveness is essential for toddlers acquiring the language. The repetitive language is also perfect for emerging readers who are learning to read the language. However, despite the simplicity and repetition, Peedie remains engaging. Even I, after reading the book again and again to my daughter, have not grown bored of the book.

Also like other Gossie & Friends books, the illustrations in Peedie are absolutely charming. I love the adorable and whimsical pictures on each page of the book. My daughter also finds the illustrations fascinating. She especially loves the picture of Peedie with the pigs. “Oink, oink!” she says every time we get to the page with the pigs.

Cover of Peedie by Olivier Dunrea Inside Pages of Peedie by Olivier Dunrea

Final Verdict: Peedie is another great title in the Gossie & Friends series by Olivier Dunrea. Young readers will enjoy finding out if Peedie ever finds his lucky red baseball hat. The story is simple but engaging — even for adults. I also adore the whimsical illustrations in all of the Gossie & Friends books. My daughter and I give Peedie another four enthusiastic thumbs up. I cannot recommend Peedie and all the titles in the series enough!

Image Credits

Cover of Peedie by Olivier Dunrea © 2013 Heather Johnson
Inside Pages of Peedie by Olivier Dunrea © 2013 Heather Johnson

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Heather Johnson

Heather Johnson is a mother, wife, writer, librarian, and linguist. She earned a BA in English studies with a minor in creative writing from Illinois State University in May 2007, an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2009, and an MS in English studies with an emphasis in linguistics at Illinois State University in December 2011.

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