cover image 1-2-3 Peas

1-2-3 Peas

Keith Baker. S&S/Beach Lane, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-4424-4551-2

The bipedal green peas that starred in LMNO Peas return in a lively counting romp. Interacting with large, brightly colored numerals, the peas plant seeds, hammer nails into a wooden platform, and jump into a pool: “Five peas painting—/ brush, brush, brush,/ Six peas traveling—/ rush, rush, rush.” The peas skip rope as numbers 11 through 19 are clustered onto one spread (“skip, skip, skip”), before the book begins counting by tens and the commotion rockets, bringing readers up to 100. Baker’s energizing graphics are as joyful and fresh as in the first book, anthropomorphizing the peas in spreads that burst with personality. Ages 3–7. (July)