cover image Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors

Little Green Peas: A Big Book of Colors

Keith Baker. S&S/Beach Lane, $17.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4424-7660-8

Having previously played with letters and numbers in LMNO Peas and 123 Peas, Baker’s tiny legumes show their true colors (green, namely) in this entertaining companion book. Bouncy rhymes introduce nine colors: “Blue boats, blue seas,/ blue flags, and.../ little green peas.” Baker uses the page turns to create little crescendos of suspense, and the recurring answer changes just enough to keep things interesting. The color-themed spreads provide plenty of interest of their own, from a pair of autumnal “red” pages that show the peas flying kites and raking leaves to the cosmic black-and-white final spreads, which suggest that neither we (nor peas) are alone in this universe. Ages 4–8. (July)