The Pickwicks' Picnic: A Counting Adventure by Carol BrendlerThe Pickwicks' Picnic: A Counting Adventure by Carol Brendler

The Pickwicks' Picnic: A Counting Adventure

byCarol BrendlerIllustratorRenee Kurilla

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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Community cooperation turns a traffic jam into an opportunity for fun in this inventive counting book starring a pair of clever canine siblings.

In this highly original counting tale, the Pickwicks-Pip and Peach, Mom and Daddy-leave the hot hazy city for a picnic by the shore. Along the way, they are passed by 2 scooters, 3 jeeps, and more-until they hit a sudden roadblock of 10 cruisers. Traffic stops and drivers grow grumpy, but Pip and Peach know exactly how to turn an unexpected glitch into a festive occasion for everyone! Engaging rhythm and detail-filled art reward repeated readings of Carol Brendler and Renee Kurilla's countable account of a very special picnic.
Carol Brendler is the author of picture books and novels for middle grade readers. She lives near Chicago, IL. Visit her online at and on Twitter @expectorchids. Renee Kurilla has illustrated many books for children, including Orangutanka: A Story in Poems, by Margarita Engle, and the Zebrafish graphi...
Title:The Pickwicks' Picnic: A Counting AdventureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:40 pages, 8.5 × 11 × 0.37 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544839587

ISBN - 13:9780544839588

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Editorial Reviews

The illustrations are full of fun details and have a cartoonish style that works well for this story. The story's strength lies in its portrayal of a positive attitude in the face of adversity, and in the resourcefulness exhibited by the main characters. An appealing and interactive read-aloud with a good message that is a solid choice for most picture book collections." -School Library Journal "Dog lovers and vehicle-obsessed readers will all get a kick out of this counting book, . . . Through playful repetition and some very expressive vocabulary, Brendler turns traffic-clogged roads and construction delays into an adventure, and Kurilla's airy cartoons magnify the sense of fun." - Publishers Weekly ". . . darling cartoon illustrations, counting concepts, and all kinds of things that go, this book is sure to have broad appeal for read-alouds. A family romp that demonstrates what a positive attitude and a bit of resourcefulness can accomplish in less-than-ideal circumstances" - Kirkus "